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Buchalski, Tinkey Earn Cross Counry All-Region Accolades

Grace Tinkey
Grace Tinkey

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman freshmen Allie Buchalski and Grace Tinkey each earned a spot on the All-Southeast Region cross country team, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Athletes that finished among the top 25 individually at the nine regional sites earned the honor.   

Buchalski, who has led the Paladins as the team's top finisher in its last four meets, placed tenth with a time of 20:43.4 on the 6K course Friday at the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region Championships in Charlottesville, Va., while Tinkey registered a 16th-place finish with a time of 20:58.9.

A native of Johns Creek, Ga., Buchalski was named the 2013 SoCon Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year last month 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.  

Tinkey, who hails from Macon, Ga., placed third at the conference meet with a time of 17:33.76, joining Buchalski on both the All-SoCon first team and the SoCon All-Freshman Team.  She was the Paladins' top finisher at the Furman Invitational on Sept. 14.

"I am very proud of both Allie and Grace's freshman campaigns," said Furman coach Rita Gary.  "They both had very different training backgrounds prior to their time at Furman, and they managed to use those differences to strengthen each other's running all season long.  Together they are one of the top five 1-2 punches in the country, and they are only freshmen.  I'm excited to watch them develop as athletes and as leaders for our program in the years to come.  Collectively they will have a huge impact on the history of the Furman distance program."