Alissa Furches
Alissa Furches
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Greeneville, Tenn.
High School: Milligan / South Greene HS
Major: Elementary Education

2018: Competed in seven meets... Started season with sixth place finish at Zaxby's Open (Sept. 7)... Claimed fifth place at the Lenoir-Rhyne Classic (Oct. 19) with career-best 6K time of 23:47.03... Season-best 5K time came at the Royals XC Challenge (Oct. 12)... Finished 25th at SAC Championship (Nov. 3) and 30th at NCAA Regional (Nov. 17)... USTFCCCA All-Academic Team... Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2 ADA) Honor Roll.

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... 2012-15 All-Conference and All-Region selection... Conference champion in the 1600m and 3200m in 2015... Team MVP (2012-2014)... 2011 Most Improved... 2015 Track MVP... 2012 cross country team finished second 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... SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll... Future plans: Become a K-5 teacher (hopefully second grade) and continue running... Hobbies: Baking... Community Service: Nettie Day... Favorite book: "Harry Potter" series; Favorite class at Tusculum: Philosophy of Education; Favorite midnight snack: Cereal; Favorite sports team: Tennessee Volunteers; Favorite color: Purple; Alissa can't imagine a week without: Taking pictures; Favorite athlete: Colleen Quigley; Advice to kids: "Schedule time for yourself"; Favorite color: Purple; Favorite food: Pasta to run fasta; 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.