"Alyssa is a very talented and extremely tough distance runner. She has made fantastic gains this summer and I really can see her developing into one of the top distance runners in the Pac-10. She was an All-Region cross country runner a year ago and we are anticipating that being the case again this year."
Arizona State: Ranks seventh all-time in program history in the indoor mile after running 4:51.35 to finish seventh at the MPSF Championships... also is a member of the fourth-fastest indoor distance medley relay team that ran 11:31.50... 2010 Outdoor: Competed in three events during the season... finished 11th in the steeplechase at the Pac-10 Championships (10:51.06) and also competed in the 5,000m run... ran a season-best 4:37.33 in the 1,500m at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, her first outdoor event with the Sun Devils... 2010 Indoor: Ran 4:51.35 in the indoor mile at the MPSF Championships to score for the team with a seventh-place finish... that time ranks seventh all-time in school history... also ran on the distance medley relay team once... helped the relay to a time of 11:31.50 and a third-place finish at the Washington Invitational... that time ranks as the fourth-fastest in school history.
Arkansas: Competed for the Razorbacks during the cross country season before transferring to Arizona State... came on late in the season to finish among the Top 2 in the championship events for UA... placed 15th overall at the Southeastern Conference Championships and was the second freshman overall... was later named the SEC Freshman of the Year... earned all-region honors by finishing fifth overall at the NCAA South Central meet and qualified for the NCAA Championships... placed 195th overall (22:02.8) at the national championships... twice was named the SEC Freshman of the Week during the season... added Top 6 finishes at the MSSU Stampede (2nd) and Arkansas Invitational (6th).
High School: A 2009 graduate of Festus High School (Festus, Mo.)... lettered four times each in cross country and track & field... captain of the cross country team twice and the track squad three times... won 10 Missouri state championships, including nine track titles and the one cross country crown... three times won the 800m and 1,600m events at the state meet and added two crowns in the 3,200m run... helped the 4x800m relay to a state title as well... won a title in all four events as a senior... state record holder (Class 3) in the 1,600m (4:51.70), 3,200m (10:48.16) and 4x800m (9:24.44)... her time in the 1,600m was a state record... named the St. Louis Cardinals' 2009 Athlete of the Year... named the FHS Athlete of the Year twice (2008, 2009)... represented the United States at the 2009 Junior Pan Am Games in the steeplechase, finishing fifth overall.
Personal: Majoring in kinesiology... parents are Jeff and Tracy Allison... has two brothers: Cole and Eli... brother Cole is a member of the cross country/track & field program at SIU-Carbondale... born September 5, 1990, at Scott AFB, Illinois... hobbies include cooking... owns chickens... full name is Alyssa Nicole Allison.
Bests 800: 2:07.3 1500: 4:37.33 1600: 4:51.7 3000SC: 10:42 3200: 10:48
In NCAA Championship Meets
2009 XC - 6,000m Course ^ - 22:02.80 - 195th
* Indicates All-America honors attained; ^ ran for Arkansas