Zach Atchison
Zach Atchison
Height: 5'10"
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Troutman, N.C.
High School: Homeschool
Events: Distance
Major: Biology (Biblical & Theological Studies minor)


  • USA South All-Sportsmanship (2015)
  • USA South All-Academic (2015-16)
  • USA South All-Academic (2014-15)

2016-17 (Junior): Ran in five cross country events in the fall after returning from an injury... Improved in every race throughout the season, running a 34:58.9 in the Maryville Invitational 8k (Oct. 1) and progressing to a 31:26.0 in NCAA Regionals (Nov. 12)... In indoor track & field, ran the 3000 meter in 10:20.08 at the Tiger Indoor Invitational (Feb. 11)... Competed in five events in the outdoor season... Set a personal best in the 800 with a time of 2:24.03 at the Berry Field Day Invitational (April 7-8)... Also set personal records in the 1500 at 5:04.05 at the Berry Field Day Invitational (April 7-8) and in the 5000 at 17:18.20 in the Emory Invitational 9March 17-18)

2015-16 (Sophomore): Ran in seven events in the fall... Finished 10th in the Mountaintop Invitational 5k (Sept. 4) with a personal record time of 19:47... Set a personal best in the 8k with a time of 30:46 at the USA South Championships to place 24th... Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team... Also competed in the spring track season and set personal records in the 3000 meter (10:09) and 5000 meter (17:43)... Named to USA South All-Academic team for second straight year

2014-15 (Freshman): Ran in seven races on the year... His best 8K time came in the Berry College Viking Open (Oct. 18), where he recorded a time of 33:03.2... Made debut in the Mountaintop Invitational (Aug. 29) where he finished in 21:47.3... Named to USA South All-Academic team

High School: Was homeschooled… Personal best times are 22:35 for the 5K and 38:44 for the 8K

Personal: Parents are Gabe and Michelle Atchison… Has two brothers, Aiden and Spencer… Favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 9:24-26… Majoring in Biology with a minor in Biblical & Theological Studies… Volunteered at his church’s VBS program during the summer of 2014

Atchison's Personal Records:

Cross Country:
5K: 19:47.08 (Mountaintop Invitational, Sept. 4, 2015)
8K: 30:46.0 (USA South Championship, Oct 31, 2015)

Outdoor Track:
800m: 2:24.03 (Berry Field Day Invitational, April 7-8, 2017)
1500m: 5:04.05 (Berry Field Day Invitational, April 7-8, 2017)
3000m: 10:09 (Mountain Laurel Invitational, April 15, 2016)
5000m: 17:18.20 (Emory Invitational, March 17-18, 2017)

Indoor Track:
3000m: 10:20.08 (Tiger Indoor Invitational, Feb. 11, 2017) 

High School:
5K: 22:35
8K: 38:44