- class Sophomore
- High school Cathedral
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.