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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's cross country team is going through final workouts prior to the ACC Championships on Saturday, October 27.  Race time is set for 10 a.m., in Blacksburg, Va.  Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior distance runner Megan Deakins to learn more about the Devon, Pa., native. 

GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Megan Deakins: I would say the ACC Championships for track. I ran the 10K and it was when I first started races on the larger scale. Just putting on that Duke uniform and being there with all my teammates was amazing. We had a large cheering section too. It was just awesome. I walked on to the team, and just to feel all that hard work and being there for my teammates was really cool.

GoDuke.com: What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about track?
MD: I played a lot of other sports, and I think running to a lot of people is not enjoyable, but I think it can be! I think that if you go out there and splash around in the mud, and just enjoy being out there on a beautiful day or a rainy day, I think a lot of people can enjoy running. I always listen to music, and I recommend that to anyone who wants to pick up running, it really helps. I am like volume 100!

GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete?
MD: Just being able to connect with other Duke student-athletes. I think a lot of people here have had amazing experiences, whether it is being an amazing Olympian or an amazing student who are also athletes. Being able to connect with both of those groups of people is great. Those people have become my best friends and will be my best friends for a long time.

GoDuke.com: Any words of wisdom for future Blue Devils?
MD: I just think that Duke has so many opportunities. When you graduate from here, you are going to be a Duke student as well as a Duke student-athlete, so I think taking advantage of the student opportunities is key, whether it is working in a lab or doing research I think that is a really important thing too. Also, give back to the community because Durham really is a great place.

GoDuke.com: How did you get into running?
MD: I got into running when I was playing lacrosse when I was younger. We used to do all kinds of sprints, and I loved the competition of being on the line and then it was 'ready, set, go!' It is very results oriented, and it is fun to see improvement.

GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
MD: I would definitely take a trip. I think I would take a backpacking and biking trip all through Europe, and just try to see every country possible. I would love to follow the Tour de France route that would be awesome.

GoDuke.com: What's your favorite midnight snack?
MD: Cereal. Absolutely cereal. I could eat an entire box of chocolate Chex at midnight (and I have!)

GoDuke.com: What was favorite food when you were a child?
MD: Ice cream. Either mint chocolate chip or cookie dough. Still is my favorite.

GoDuke.com: What sport other than your own would you play?
MD: Field hockey. I played field hockey in undergrad for four years, so I would probably go back to field hockey. I really like lacrosse too, and played when I was a kid. That was before you could check though, so you could basically hold the stick above your head and just run down the field the whole time. It was a fun sport.

GoDuke.com: What is one possession you cannot live without?
MD: I would say my ipod. It is always on volume 100 walking around. I have probably killed the nerve cells in my ear. I listen to everything: Amos Lee, Rap, Country, Classical, Disney. All of the above. It is kind of exciting to see what kind of song comes on, so I am kind of scared to lend my iPod to anyone.

GoDuke.com: Any embarrassing music on the IPod?
MD: I have a bunch of science podcasts on there, so maybe that. My major in undergrad was neuroscience, so I have all these random facts about the brain that will randomly come on.

GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
MD: My little sister. She is five years younger, actually, but often times I think she is five years older. She is absolutely hilarious, and will always tell it to you like it is, so I think I have learned a lot from her because she will just tell me what to improve and what is important in life.  

-d-u-k-e


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