Deacon named ODAC women's track athlete of the week

Natalie Deacon running. Text: Congratulations Natalie Deacon | Female Indoor track & field player of the week

Forest, Va. -- Lynchburg College mid-distance runner Natalie Deacon stood out yet again this past weekend at the Virginia Military Institute Winter Relays, and her performance earned her the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's indoor track athlete of the week honor.

Deacon ran the conference's quickest women's 800-meter time of the season, finishing second and well ahead of several scholarship-program harriers at 2:15.48. That time ranks No. 15 in NCAA Division III this season. After the NCAA conversion to an unbanked time, Deacon was just off her own program record in the event.

She also kicked off the distance medley relay, running the 1,200-meter leg of the race and helping Lynchburg to a fifth-place finish in that event. The group's 12:46.2 mark is the third-best in the conference so far this season.

Deacon, a reigning indoor All-American in the mile, is currently completing her master's degree in nonprofit leadership studies while coaching soccer and strength and conditioning. The West Chester, Pa., native was a four-year member of Lynchburg's women's soccer team before taking up track & field last winter.