Deacon, Schreiber earn Academic All-District honors

Photos of Natalie Deacon and Samantha Schreiber running in races. Logos: CoSIDA AAD and Lynchburg Hornet. Text: Academic All-District.

Greenwood, Ind. -- Even after the season's end, the Lynchburg College women's track & field and cross country programs continue to set new records.

For the first time in program history, the teams landed multiple athletes on the women's track & field/cross country Google Cloud Academic All-District team, as graduate student Natalie Deacon (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) were both selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the honor.

They are two of 10 athletes voted to the Division III District 5 team, comprised of athletes from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Both are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.

Boasting a 4.0 GPA in her master of nonprofit leadership studies program and a 3.97 average in her undergraduate exercise physiology with a minor in coaching, Deacon is no stranger to the CoSIDA awards program. She was a two-time Academic All-American during a four-year career with the Lynchburg women's soccer program, and she becomes the first athlete in the history of Lynchburg women's track & field to repeat the Academic All-District honor; she was voted an Academic All-American in 2017.

Deacon's accomplishments on the track this season merited the most recent accolade; she ran to sixth place in the indoor 1-mile at the NCAA Division III championship meet, her third-career All-America running honor, and again qualified for outdoor nationals in the 1,500-meter run, finishing 18th. Deacon set new program records in the indoor 800, 3,000, and distance medley relay events this year.

Schreiber also rewrote the Lynchburg record books this year, starting with her performance at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships in cross country in which she finished the 6k race in 22:07.4, helping the team to a fourth-place finish with the record-breaking performance. She also was on LC's record-breaking DMR squad this indoor season. Schreiber finished the outdoor season on a strong note, breaking her own school record in the 5,000 as she became the first woman in school history to break the 18-minute mark in that event. A nursing major with a 3.98 cumulative GPA, she is also a standout in the classroom.

Both athletes scored points as Lynchburg won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference outdoor track & field championship this spring.

Schreiber becomes the fifth athlete in Lynchburg women's track & field and cross country history to earn Academic All-District honors, following Deacon a season ago, Ashley Allen in 2010-11, Ashley Meyer in 2009-10, and Mary Mohay in 2006-07. Of those, only Deacon and Meyer earned Academic All-America nods.

The pair will await this year's announcement of CoSIDA's highest dual-emphasis awards next month.

Click here to view the entire Academic All-District Teams.