Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sheila Reid is NCAA D1 Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year

Villanova’s Sheila Reid Adds D-I Scholar Athlete of the Year to 2010 Cross Country Scrapbook

February 15, 2011

NEW ORLEANS – Sheila Reid of Villanova University was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2010 cross country season on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Reid was the individual national champion at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall and led the Wildcats to a team national title as well.

Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.

Reid, a senior from Newmarket, Ontario, not only won her first NCAA national cross country crown in the fall, but she also led the Wildcats of Villanova to their second-straight, and eighth overall, NCAA team title.

Reid has earned a 3.37 cumulative GPA and majors in English.

At the NCAA meet, with a 20:06.9 run in the 6k race, she topped Georgetown’s Emily Infeld by just over two seconds in the closest finish in NCAA women’s Division I history. Reid was also the first since Villanova’s Jennifer Rhines to win the individual NCAA title while leading their team to victory. Reid also won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional by 16 seconds to win a second-consecutive region title. Reid was also this year’s Big East Conference champion and a winner at the Penn State National. In addition, Villanova's Amanda Marino (an English major with a 3.25 GPA) and Ali Smith (a 3.47 GPA in Communication) were named to the Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honor Roll. On the men's side, Hugo Beamish (3.71 GPA in Civil Engineering), Brian Long (3.31 GPA in Finance), and Mathew Mildenhall (3.44 GPA in Marketing) were also named to the All-Academic Honor Roll.

Past Winners

2010: Sheila Reid, Villanova
2009: Angela Bizzarri, Illinois
2008: Tasmin Fanning, Virginia Tech
2007: Jenny Barringer, Colorado
2006: Jenny Barringer, Colorado

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