Pella High School’s outstanding distance runner Zach Buchheit will continue his career at the Division I collegiate level. Last week the recent graduate signed a letter of intent to run cross country for the University of Northern Iowa.
“Finally knowing where I’m going next fall is relieving, in some sense. UNI is a great school, and I’ve become really acquainted with the school over the years, and my family and quite a few friends will be up there, so it makes the transition a little more exciting,” said Buchheit.
“Coach [Dave] Paulsen is a great guy. He used to be here at Central [College] and just knowing that he’s a guy that’s very skillful in what he’s done and has been a successful runner as well is comforting. Knowing that they’re having success with the program also helps, in that sense.”
Zach Buchheit closed out a storied running career at Pella High by finishing first at the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet and leading the Little Dutch to the team title this fall; then added a state title in the 3200 Meters and a runner-up finish in the 1600 Meter Run at the State Track and Field Championships this spring.
Pictured above are Zach Buchheit (bottom middle) and parents Mike and Sarah Buchheit. Back row (L to R): Track Coach Brent VanHauen and Cross Country Coaches Robin Hammann and Doug Cutler