Johns Creek High School senior and Cross Country State Champion Allie Buchalski has been awarded the 2013 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
This prestigious award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and character. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes and awards one National Player of the Year in each of 12 sports. Past winners of this award include Ryan Hall, Derek Jeter, Candace Parker, Abby Wambach and Mark Sanchez.
Buchalski was also named the Atlanta Track Club’s Ray Buckley Award winner as Georgia’s Female Runner of the Year. She won this year’s Class AAAAAA Cross Country State Championship with a time of 18:46:23. As a junior she won the Class AAAA State title, and as a Freshman won the Class AAA State title.
Off the field, Buchalski has maintained an A average and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Venture Atlanta. She has volunteered her time through The Girl Scouts of America, camp counseling, and Unsung Heros, a service group she founded to provide lunches to JCHS’s custodial staff on special occasions.
Allie will be attending Furman University in the fall on a full athletic and academic scholarship.