GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman freshman Allie Buchalski is one of six athletes chosen to represent Team USA as a member of the junior national cross country team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge, to be held January 11 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 4K race will feature teams from Britain, Europe and the USA.
Buchalski, who led the Paladins as the team's top finisher in its last four meets, earned a spot on the All-Southeast Region cross country team after placing tenth with a time of 20:43.4 on the 6K course at the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region Championships.
A native of Johns Creek, Ga., Buchalski was named the 2013 SoCon Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year after placing second with a time of 17:32.43 at the league championship meet and helping Furman to a conference title, its first since 2000. For her efforts, Buchalski was also selected to the All-SoCon first team and the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
"It is quite an honor for Allie to be selected to be a member of Team USA, especially since she is one of only six women in the country to make the team," said Furman assistant coach Rita Gary. "Allie has made amazing progress over the past six months as an athlete and has successfully made the transition from solid high school competitor to solid collegiate competitor, and now she'll get the opportunity to grow that resume on an international level.
"Allie's work ethic, understanding of the sport, and outlook on future opportunities are a credit to what she learned from her high school coaches at Johns Creek and to her parents – LuRae and Jim – who instilled a tremendous work ethic and an even temperament in Allie," said Gary. "She is a joy to coach and we look forward to supporting her in Edinburgh and in all her future endeavors."