Zachary Gutekunst
Zachary Gutekunst
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Ambler, Pa.
High School: Hatboro-Horsham
Major: Finance
  • Three-year letter-winner who has competed in 20 of the Royals' 21 events in the last three seasons
  • Has nine career top-25 finishes
  • Earned All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors as a junior

Junior Year (2018)

  • Competed in six of the team's seven events, finishing in the Royals' top-five in all six races while leading the team in his final three competitions
  • Best overall finish was seventh at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 15
  • Posted a career-best 8K time of 26:42.90 at the Landmark Conference Championships on Oct. 27, finishing 10th to earn All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors
  • Also clocked a career-best 5K mark, finishing in in 17:47.4 at the Misericordia Invitational on Aug. 31
  • Ran four of Scranton's best eight 8K times on the year

Sophomore Year (2017)

  • Ran in all seven events, finishing in the team's top three on three occasions.
  • Ran a career-best for 6,000 meters when he finished in 21:32.2 to place 76th at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational on Sept. 9 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Had the best finish of his career, placing ninth at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 16 at Misericordia in Dallas, Pa.
  • Was the team's second runner across the line, finishing 15th at the Landmark Conference Championships on Oct. 28 at Standing Stone Golf Club in Huntingdon, Pa.

Freshman Year (2016)

  • Competed in all seven of the Royals' events in his first collegiate season, finishing in the team's top three on three occasions.
  • Made his collegiate debut as the second Scranton runner across the line at the Misericordia Invitational on Sept. 1, completing the 5,000-meter course in 18:24.51.
  • Finished 10th at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 17, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 29:17.24.
  • Came across the line in 19th place while running a season-best 27:27.85 for 8,000 meters at the Landmark Conference championships on Oct. 29.

Top 25 Finishes

  • 7th - 28:38.30, 8,000 meters, Cougar Classic (Misericordia), Sept. 15, 2018
  • 9th - 29:33.47, 8,000 meters, Cougar Classic (Misericordia), Sept. 16, 2017
  • 10th - 26:42.90, 8,000 meter, Landmark Conference Championships, Oct. 27, 2018
  • 10th - 29:17.24, 8,000 meters, Cougar Classic (Misericordia), Sept. 17, 2016
  • 14th - 27:34.92, 8,000 meters, Dutchmen Invitational, Sept. 8, 2018
  • 14th - 17:47.4, 5,000 meters, Misericordia Invitational, Aug. 31, 2018
  • 15th - 28:57.01, 8,000 meters, Landmark Conference Championships, Oct. 28, 2017 
  • 19th - 27:27.85, 8,000 meters, Landmark Conference Championships, Oct. 29, 2016
  • 25th - 18:24.51, 6,000 meters, Misericordia Invitational, Sept. 1, 2016

Landmark Conference Championship Finishes

  • 2016 - 19th, 27:27.85, 8,000 meters, Oct. 29, Bicentennial Park, Northampton, Pa.
  • 2017 - 15th, 28:57.01, 8,000 meters, Oct. 28, Standing Stone Golf Club, Huntingdon, Pa.
  • 2018 - 10th, 26:42.90, 8,000 meters, Oct. 27, Union Canal Tunnel Park, Lebanon, Pa.

NCAA Mideast Regional Finishes

  • 2016 - 160th, 27:39, 8,000 meters, Nov. 12, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pa.
  • 2017 - 177th, 28:11.9, 8,000 meters, Nov. 11, Big Spring High School, Newville, Pa.

Awards & Honors

  • All-Landmark Conference 2nd Team (2018)
  • Landmark Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll (2018)

High school/personal

  • Son of Pete and Cherie Gutekunst.