Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Co-Captain (2010, 2011)
- Nebraska Women's Cross Country Most Improved Runner (2009)
- Academic All-Big Ten Fall (2011)
- Academic All-Big Ten Spring (2012)
- First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2008, 2009)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2009)
Canadian Jessica Furlan completed a successful career for the Huskers as a senior co-captain for the Huskers in 2011.
A three-time letterwinner, Furlan opened the year by finishing third overall (21:32.1) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, helping the Husker women's cross country team claim their second meet title of the season.
She ran to an eighth-place finish (17:52.3) at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, S.D., before finishing 125th overall (21:27) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
Furlan competed in her final postseason meets for the Huskers, at the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional. She finished 29th overall (21:01) at the Big Ten Championships in Champaign, Ill., before taking 73rd (22:42.68) at the NCAA Midwest Regional in DeKalb, Ill.
A strong performer in the classroom as well, Furlan earned academic All-Big Ten honors
Furlan earned her second letter in cross country after a solid 2010 season. A co-captain with outstanding competitive drive and leadership skills, Furlan made her season debut at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, where she placed eighth to help the women win their sixth straight team title at the meet. She followed with a 76th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Furlan capped the season by finishing 56th at the NCAA Midwest Regional, after taking 59th at the 2010 Big 12 Championships.
Furlan continued to run well during the 2011 track and field indoor season. She recorded a personal best (2:50.35) and fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships to contribute to the Husker women's sixth Big 12 indoor team title.
Furlan became one of the Huskers' top runners in 2009, as she earned the Nebraska Women's Most Improved Runner award. Furlan opened her season by taking seventh at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, helping the Huskers to their fifth straight team crown at the event. She followed with a 53rd-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, before finishing 99th at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals.
Furlan made her Husker debut at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, finishing 29th with a time of 23:37.3. Furlan followed with a 30th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic, as the team took second to national power Minnesota. She ended her freshman campaign as a member of the Big 12 Championships team, crossing the finish line 88th with a time of 23:51.0.
High School (Leboldus)
Furlan won the junior division of the Saskatchewan Provincial Cross Country Championships as a sophomore. She ran in the senior division as a junior and senior, placing second and third, respectively.
Furlan was a four-time Saskatchewan Provincial champion in track and field. In 2005 as a freshman, competing in the midget division, she won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.58, while placing second in the 1,500 meters and third in the 3,000. In 2006, she moved to the junior division, winning the 800 and 1,500 meters. In 2007, she competed in the senior division and finished second in each event, before adding a runner- up finish in the 1,500 meters (4:40.50) as a senior.
At the 2007 Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships, Furlan placed 15th after finishing 11th in 2006. At the 2007 World Junior Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya, she finished 35th. On the track, Furlan won the Canadian junior title in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 2008 and 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2006. Her personal-best time of 10:16.32 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydogoszcz, Poland, placed her ninth.
The daughter of Mark Furlan and Kerry Avery, Jessica was born on March 15, 1990. She has one brother, Grant. An environmental studies major at Nebraska, Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in May of 2013. She claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011. She was a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2009 and 2010.