Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Tom Achtien
Tom Achtien


Elmhurst, Ill.

High School:
York HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Cross Country
2011 XC - JUNIOR
Placed third for the Illini and fourth overall with a 6K time of 18:57 at the Illini Challenge.

Made his season debut at the Bradley Classic, placing fourth for the Illini in 25:25.

Placed third for Illinois at the NCAA Midwest Regional and 58th overall with a 10K time of 32:41 ... Finished fourth for the Illini and 40th overall at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 26:38 for the 5.2 mile race ... Raced at Pre-Nationals, placing sixth for the Orange and Blue with an 8K time of 25:44 ... Competed at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional meet, finishing sixth for Illinois and 54th overall with a time of 25:21 ... Placed sixth for the Orange and Blue and 25th overall at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with an 8K time of 25:29 ... Finished fourth overall at the Illini Challenge with a personal-best 6K time of 19:07 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008 XC


2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed third at the Musco Twilight in the 3,000m Steeplechase with 9:20.43...Ran his personal best in the 1,500m at the Tom Botts Invitational...Ran personal-best in 3,000m Steeplechase at Musco Twilight.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Did not compete.

Indoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, timing 14:57.20 and placing 21st ... Ran two other 5,000m races at the Meyo Invitational and the Iowa State Classic, where he clocked a personal best 14:55.36 ... Opened the season at the Iowa Dual in the 3,000m with a personal-best time of 8:34.78 ... Also ran the 3,000m at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic ... Finished fourth in the mile at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2009 Track & Field
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

High School
Finished second at the 2007 Illinois 3A Cross Country Championships, improving on his eighth place finish in 2006 ... Placed sixth in the 1600m at the 2008 AA Illinois State Championships ... Ranked 13th nationally in the 3200m his senior season ... Grabbed third place individually at the 2007 Nike Team Midwest Regional ... Three-time All-State in cross country and six-time All-State in track and field ... Earned three letters each in cross country and track and field ... Helped York to three state cross country titles.

Full name is Thomas Edward Achtien ... Born Aug. 12, 1990 ... Parents are Ernest and Carol Achtien ... Has three sisters, Kate, Ann and Karen ... Hobbies include running and ping pong ... Majoring in kinesiology.

Achtien's Personal Bests
Cross Country
6K: 18:57 - Illini Challenge (9/2/11)
8K: 25:21 - Wisconsin Inter-Regional (10/3/09)
10K: 32:41 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/14/09)

Mile: 4:16.31 - Illini Open (1/15/11)
3,000m: 8:30.10 - Illini Classic (1/22/11)
5,000m: 14:45.16 - Illinois Intercollegiate (1/29/11)

1,500m: 3:59.80 - Tom Botts Invitational (4/9/11)
3,000m Steeplechase: 9:20.43 - Musco Twilight (4/23/11)

Updated November 2011