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


  • USA South All-Academic - with distinction (2017-18)
  • USA South All-Academic (2016-17)
  • USA South All-Sportsmanship (2015)
  • USA South All-Academic (2015-16)
  • USA South All-Academic (2014-15)

2017-18 (Senior): Ran in six meets during the fall cross country season… set an 8k personal record of 30:23.1 at the USA South Championships (Oct. 28)… Placed 21st out of 61 runners at the Maryville Invitational... Ran the 3000m during indoor track season, setting a new personal record of 10:09.69 at the Southern Indoor Challenge (Feb. 12)... Ran in three different events during the outdoor track season... Recorded a new personal best in the 1500m at the Hilltop Classic (Mar. 30)... Ran a 3000m personal best of 10:08.06 at the Mountain Laurel Invitational (Apr. 13)... Set a new 5000m personal record at the Emory Invitational (Mar. 24)... Named to the USA South All-Academic team for a fourth straight year and was awarded the honor with distinction after producing above a 3.90 semester GPA in both the fall and spring

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 (March 17-18)... Earned USA South All-Academic for a third straight year

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: 30:23.1 (USA South Championships, Oct. 28, 2017)

Outdoor Track:
800m: 2:24.03 (Berry Field Day Invitational, April 7-8, 2017)
1500m: 4:45.03 (Hilltop Classic, Mar. 30, 2018)
3000m: 10:08.06 (Mountain Laurel Invitational, Apr. 13, 2018)
5000m: 16:56.31 (Emory Invitational, Mar. 24, 2018)

Indoor Track:
3000m: 10:09.69 (Southern Indoor Challenge, Feb. 12, 2018)

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