Alissa Furches
Alissa Furches
Height: 5-8
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Greeneville, Tenn.
High School: Milligan / South Greene HS
Major: Elementary Education

2017: Tusculum's top runner in all six races she competed in... Named team MVP... Finished in the top-10 in three meets... Placed fourth at the Tusculum Open (Sep. 1), sixth at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational (Sep. 8) and seventh at the Koala Classic (Oct. 7)... Ran a season-best 5K tim of 19:30.42 at the SAC Championship (Oct. 21) where she finished 20th to earn All-South Atlantic Conference honorable mention accolades... Finished 46th at the NCAA SE Regional (Nov. 4) with her 6K time of 24:28.33.

Milligan College: Competed during the 2015 season at the Milligan College, Tenn. school... Coached by Chris Layne... Posted a personal-best 5K time of 19:02 with the Buffaloes in track and 19:15 in cross country... Also owns a 1500m time of 5:02.

High School: Graduated from South Greene HS in Greeneville, Tenn... Coached by Scott Phillips and Noelle Smith in cross country and Tusculum graduate Joe Case in track... 2014 All-Conference... Conference champion in the 1600m and 3200m in 2015... Team MVP (2012-2014)... 2011 Most Improved... 2015 Track MVP... 2012 cross country team finished third in the District and advanced to the State championship... Holds the school record in both the 1600m and 3200m.

Personal: Born Feb. 16, 1997 in Mosheim, Tenn... Daughter of Mike and Oydun Furches... Sisters: Sara and Sofia... Majoring in elementary education... Athletic Director's Honor Roll... Future plans: Become a second or third grade teacher and teach her students the importance of running and also travel the world with her future husband... Hobbies: Hiking, baking, swimming, running, painting, kayaking... Community Service: Nettie Day... Favorite book: "Harry Potter"; Favorite midnight snack: Carrots and Hummus; Favorite movie: "Incredibles 2"; Favorite musical artist: Miley Cyrus; Favorite song: "Rocky Top"; Favorite sports team: Tennessee Volunteers; Favorite color: Purple; Alissa can't imagine a week without: Taking pictures and laughing; Favorite athletes: Her teammates; Favorite food: Mac N Cheese; Favorite sport other than cross country: Soccer and football; Person Alissa most admires: Carson Kenney; What people don't know about Alissa: She speaks Norwegian and she has a twin who looks nothing like her; When she was a kid, Alissa tried to be like: The Grinch.