2009-10 (Freshman): Cross Country - Competed in four meets for the Wildcats ... Best performance came at the NCAA Southeast Regional where she finished seventh on the team recording a 6K time of 22:54 to finish 111th overall ... At SEC Championships finished eighth on the team on the 6K course with a finish of 24:03 ... Also finished as eighth Wildcat across the line at Old Timers Classic with 5K mark of 19:23.37.
High School: First-Team All-State cross country selection as a senior, sophomore and freshman ... Named 2009 cross country/track Athlete of the Year at Cathedral in final year ... Four-time Indianapolis City Cross Country Champion from 2005-08 ... Holds school records in both the 4,000m and 5,000m runs ... Four-year MVP and letterwinner in both cross country and track ... Member of cross country team that finished 11th in the Indiana state championships as a junior ... Her cross country team placed sixth overall in the state and won sectional and regional championships as a freshman ... Coached by Mark Worrell and Matt Wire ... Graduated with honors ... Member of National Honor Society ... Volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Paws for a Cause and Habitat for Humanity. Personal: Full name is Merrie Katelyn Achtien ... Born June 7, 1991 in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Parents are Chris and Melissa Achtien ... Has three siblings: two brothers Chris and Evan; one sister Lauren who played soccer at the University of Akron ... Major is nursing.