Deacon earns first-team Academic All-America honors

Natalie Deacon sprints the final leg of a race on the track. Text: CoSIDA Academic All-America.

Greenwood, Ind. -- Lynchburg College track & field standout Natalie Deacon (West Chester, Pa.) made history Tuesday when she was honored with her fourth-career Google Cloud Academic All-America nod, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Deacon, a graduate student, earned first-team honors on the Division III Cross Country/Track & Field team in 2018. A third-team track & field honoree last year and a two-time women's soccer selection, she became the first four-time Academic All-American in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history and one of just a handful in the 66-year history of the CoSIDA dual-emphasis awards program.

She boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA in Lynchburg's master of nonprofit leadership studies program and carried a 3.97 cumulative GPA in her undergraduate studies, earning a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in coaching.

Deacon also got it done on the track for the Hornets over the past two seasons. She was a four-time NCAA Division III championship meet qualifier, twice in the indoor season and twice more in the outdoor. This year, she placed sixth at indoor nationals in the 1-mile for her third All-America honor and also qualified in the outdoor 1,500-meter run.

She was a USTFCCCA All-Region pick in the outdoor 800m and 1,500m and in the indoor 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, and distance medley relay.

Prior to her successes on the track, Deacon was a standout defender for the Hornets' women's soccer program. She earned All-ODAC honors on three occasions and was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport as a senior; she also earned VaSID All-State honors twice and helped Lynchburg to the 2014 Division III national championship as a sophomore. Deacon joined Lynchburg's women's soccer staff as a graduate assistant in 2017 and will serve again this fall.

Her first-team Academic All-America laurel is the seventh such honor in Lynchburg College history, and she was also the most recent first-teamer, earning the honor in 2015 on the soccer pitch.

Deacon's is the 18th Academic All-America selection in school history and the third in women's cross country/track & field.