Sophomore runner Diana Batson has been nominated by coach Grady O'Connor and by NWAACC tournament officials as the female track athlete of the week.
Batson finished fifth with a time of 59.17 at the recent Oregon Preview held on March 20 at Hayward Field.
"It wasn't her best time," O'Connor said. "She can do better than that."
Batson graduated from Pateros High School in the sleepy little north central Washington town of the same name that was known in former years for its Apple Pie Jamboree. She competed on behalf of the Nannies.
Batson competes for LCC in the 400-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. Off the field, she is working on a degree in retail management with plans to continue her education at an as yet unknown four-year school.
"I really love running," Batson said. "You can clear your mind and forget about everything."
Batson doesn't have much time to run for leisure right now as track and field season is getting underway. "We practice five days a week and we compete on Saturdays," she said. "So between the six days of running for the team and my schoolwork, I really don't have much time left for leisure running right now.
Sports, health and fitness are huge parts of Batson family life. Her sister, Danielle Batson, plays for the Southern Oregon University women's fast-pitch team.
"Even if you aren't good at running, it really pays to be active," Diana said. "You just have to find what you're good at and stick with it."