UK men's cross country team finishes in eighth place out of 29 teams
Katy Achtien: Cross Country (Senior) - Competed in season-opener at the Belmont Opener 4K with a time of 16:24.70... Finished Greater Louisville 5K in 19:46.81 ... Ran in Greater Louisville meet for second consecutive year... Completed her final race as a Wildcat at the SEC Championship 6K in a time of 23:41.33.
2011-12 (Junior): Cross Country - Competed in all four regular season events for Kentucky ... Finished the 4K Belmont-VU Opener in 16:15.47 to open the season ... Ran a 5K in 19:30.58 at the Tennessee Invitational ... Ran the Greater Louisville Classic in 19:08.45 ... Competed in the Panorama Farms Invitational.
2010-11 (Sophomore):Cross Country - Did not compete. Indoor: Ran the 800m at the VT Elite Meet, earning a season-best time in the race ... Best time in the one-mile run came at the Akron Invitational.Outdoor: Did not compete.
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.