NEW ORLEANS, La. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Division III Women's Scholar Athletes of the Year and the All-Academic honorees today. Natalie Deacon added All-Academic status to her already impressive All-American award. The Hornets also grabbed a spot on the All-Academic Team's list along with 182 other teams from NCAA Division III.
Natalie Deacon was one of only 29 women on the list of 608 individuals to finish this past year with a 4.0 GPA.
Deacon spoke today about the honor. "I feel honored to be named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. I am thankful to train in a program with teammates and coaches that strive to be excellent in all that they do, whether that be on or off the track. I believe that this individual honor is a mere reflection of the values and culture of the LCTF program, and I feel blessed to be a part of it."
In her first season running track, Deacon placed in the top-8 at the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships to garner All-American status. She will be returning to Lynchburg as an Assistant Coach for the Women's Soccer club this season. Deacon spent four years as a member of one of the top defensive units in the country and was a part of the National Championship Title in 2014.
As a team the Hornets completed the 2016-2017 year with a combined 3.18. You must boast a team GPA of at least 3.10 to qualify.
"We're extremely proud of the effort that our student/athletes put forth in the classroom, as well as on the track," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Jim Sprecher. "One of our team goals each season is to earn Academic All American program honors. It's another step towards becoming a model program."
Amber Celen of Bridgewater and Taryn Cordani of Ithaca were Co-Indoor Track Scholar Athletes of the Year. Katherine Pitman of Ithaca was the Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, Emily Richards of Ohio Northern was named the Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year and Brandy Smith of Ithaca garnered the Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year award.