Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sheila Reid: 1st Team All-American in the Classroom

Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team - University Division

The 15 members of the Capital One Academic All-America ® Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country University first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.89.

Seven of the first team selections have perfect 4.00 G.P.A.’s.

Jordan Hasay is joined on the Capital One Academic All-America® University Division Women’s Track & Cross Country first team by two repeat selections, seniors Whitney Carlson of North Dakota State and Kimberly Williams of Florida State.

A second team pick in 2010, senior Ashley Cattran of Dayton also was named to the first team. A pair of third team honorees last year, seniors Kelly Phillips of Virginia Tech and Natalie Willer of Nebraska, were also named to the first team this year.

Seniors Mary Angell of Kentucky, Olivia Johnson of Marquette, Nora Mehl of UAB, Sofie Persson of Mississippi and Sheila Reid of Villanova also earned first team honors. Graduate students Vera Neuenswander of Indiana and Kate Niehaus of Stanford join juniors Tara Diebold of Arkansas and Chanelle Price of Tennessee to complete the Capital One Academic All-America® University Division first team.

A zoology major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Carlson earned third team Academic All-America® honors as a sophomore and was named to the first team the last two years. A first team All-American after finishing fifth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Meet, she won 15 Summit League titles in her career at North Dakota State. The winner of the NCAA Elite 88 Award, she is also the recipient of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. A native of Buchanan, N.D., she was the Summit League Indoor Athlete of the Year twice and won the Outdoor award once. Carlson will attend dental school at the University of Nebraska.

The most decorated women’s track and field performer in Florida State history, Williams is a business administration major with a 3.50 G.P.A. The top collegiate jumper in the country, she was the NCAA Indoor champion in the triple jump. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Williams finished her career with 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles. The first female in ACC history to win four straight indoor and outdoor triple jump titles, she is a five-time NCAA champion and a nine-time All-American. Williams was named as the ACC Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second time.

A pre-med major with a 3.98 G.P.A., Cattran was named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Track Student-Athlete of the Year twice for Dayton. A member of the Atlantic 10 champion indoor distance medley relay team, Cattran finished ninth in the 1500-meter run at the Atlantic 10 Meet. An All-Atlantic 10 selection, the Centerville, Ohio native helped the Flyers finish second in the A-10 Outdoor Championship Meet.

The pole vault record holder at Virginia Tech, Phillips is a biology major carrying a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The winner of the Elite 88 award at the NCAA Meet, she was the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference indoor pole vault champion. Phillips is the recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan graduate scholarship. The co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, the Blacksburg, Va. native was an All-American in the indoor season.

A biological sciences and philosophy major with a 3.92 G.P.A., Willer owns the indoor and outdoor pole vaulting records at Nebraska. A four-time Big 12 Conference champion in the pole vault, she earned All-American honors three times in her career. Willer helped Nebraska win the 2011 Big 12 Conference indoor track title. A two-year captain of the Cornhuskers, the Elkhorn, Neb. native was also the USA and Pan-Am pole vaulting champion in 2009.

The 2011 Southeastern Conference runner-up in the discus throw, Angell has a double major of kinesiology and exercise science with a 3.80 G.P.A. A native of Byron Center, Mich., she was Kentucky’s top scorer at the SEC Championship with 14 points. She placed third in the shot put at the SEC Meet to qualify for the NCAA Meet. She finished her career ranked third on UK’s all-time list of discus and shot put leaders.

An accounting major holding a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Johnson was the captain of the Marquette cross country squad. As a senior, she was Marquette’s top finisher in every race. A native of Milford, Iowa, she also competed in the 1500-meter run. A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic selection, she was the winner of the 2011 Delta Sigma Pi Golden Key Award. Johnson is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Honored as the Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Mehl is a psychology major with a 4.00 G.P.A. at UAB. The UAB record holder in the high jump, she earned all-conference honors and finished fourth in the high jump. A native of Rottwell, Germany, she won back-to-back Conference-USA titles in the indoor pentathlon.

An honorable mention All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, Persson is a marketing major with a 3.83 G.P.A. at Mississippi. She also earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Meet by finishing third in the 800-meter run. The school record holder in four different events, the Helsingborg, Sweden native was recognized as the top marketing student in the UM Business School.

The winner of the Honda Award (Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year) for cross country, Reid led Villanova to its second consecutive national championship as a senior. An English major with a 3.37 G.P.A., she was the NCAA individual cross country champion. She also took first place at the BIG EAST Championship and the NCAA Regional Meet. A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, she was an 11-time BIG EAST champion and a seven-time All-American for the Wildcats. Reid also anchored Villanova’s NCAA champion indoor distance medley relay team.

A graduate student with a 4.00 G.P.A. who is working on her Master’s degree in counseling, Neuenswander won the 2011 Big Ten Conference championship in the pole vault and tied the conference record. A three-time All-American for Indiana, she was the NCAA runner-up in the pole vault in 2009. A native of Jefferson City, Mo., she earned her undergraduate degree in Social Studies and had a 4.00 G.P.A.

A member of Stanford’s back-to-back NCAA champion cross country teams in 2006 and 2007, Niehaus is a graduate student working on her Master’s degree in bioengineering with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The winner of the NCAA Elite 88 Award in 2009, she was a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Outdoor Championship Meet. A native of Columbia, S.C., Niehaus was the Pacific-10 Conference runner-up in the 10,000-meter run in 2009.

A two-time All-American pole vaulter at Arkansas, Diebold is a communication disorders major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. A native of Branson, Mo., she helped the seventh-ranked Razorbacks finish third at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Meet. She was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice and finished sixth in the pole vault in the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championship Meet.

The Southeastern Conference champion in the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run in 2011, Price is majoring in journalism and electronic media and has a 3.92 G.P.A. A member of Tennessee’s NCAA champion distance medley relay team in 2009 and 2010, Price is a seven-time All-American. A five-time All-SEC honoree, the Easton, Pa. native was honored as the co-winner of the SEC Women’s Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2011.

Name School Dist. Yr. Hometown G.P.A. Major
Mary Angell Kentucky IV Sr. Byron Center, Mich. 3.80 Kinesiology, Exercise Sci.
Whitney Carlson (1) # North Dakota State VII Sr. Buchanan, N.D. 4.00 Zoology
Ashley Cattran (2) Dayton IV Sr. Centerville, Ohio 3.98 Pre-Med
Tara Diebold Arkansas VI Jr. Branson, Mo. 4.00 Communication Disorders
Jordan Hasay Oregon VIII So. Arroyo Grande, Calif. 3.96 Human Physiology
Olivia Johnson Marquette V Sr. Milford, Iowa 4.00 Accounting
Nora Mehl UAB IV Sr. Rottweil, Germany 4.00 Psychology
Vera Neuenswander # Indiana V Gr. Jefferson City, Mo. 4.00 Social Studies Ed./Counseling
Kate Niehaus Stanford VIII Gr. Columbia, S.C. 4.00 Bioengineering
Sofie Persson Mississippi VI Sr. Helsingborg, Sweden 3.83 Marketing
Kelly Phillips (3) Virginia Tech III Sr. Blacksburg, Va. 4.00 Biology
Chanelle Price Tennessee IV Jr. Easton, Pa. 3.92 Journalism & Electronic Media
Sheila Reid Villanova II Sr. Newmarket, Ontario 3.37 English
Natalie Willer (3) Nebraska VII Sr. Elkhorn, Neb. 3.92 Biological Sci. / Psychology
Kimberly Williams (1) Florida State III Sr. Kingston, Jamaica 3.50 Business Administration

Name School Dist. Yr. Hometown G.P.A. Major
Brigetta Barrett Arizona VIII So. New York, N.Y. 3.57 Theater Arts
Sarah-Anne Brault West Virginia II Jr. Winnipeg, Manitoba 3.96 Economics
Brittany Burns Marist I Gr. Watertown, N.Y. 3.96 Education Psychology
Kaitlyn Dugan New Hampshire I Sr. Hatfield, Pa. 3.98 Chemistry
Betsy Graney William & Mary III Sr. Harper Woods, Mich. 3.94 Kinesiology & Health Sci.
Rhiannon Johns UAB IV Jr. Sault Ste.Marie,Ont.,Can. 4.00 Mathematics
Anne Kesselring Oregon VIII So. Nurnberg, Germany 4.10 Undeclared
Bridget Lyons Georgia III Sr. Evans, Ga. 3.88 Biology / Spanish
Ashley Miller Nebraska VII Jr. Tipton, Iowa 3.83 Nutritional Science & Dietetics
Kaitlyn Peale (3) Michigan IV Sr. Columbus, Ohio 3.92 Industrial & Operations Eng.
Trecey Rew Northwestern State VI Gr. Garland, Texas 3.86 Communications; Sport Ad.
Amy Shackelford Stephen F. Austin VI Sr. Port Neches, Texas 4.00 Secondary Education
Faith Sherrill Indiana V Sr. Ft. Wayne, Ind. 3.59 Elementary Education
Jessica Ubanyionwu Baylor VI Jr. El Paso, Texas 3.96 Health Sci. Studies (Pre-Med)
Stephanie Wilson Santa Clara VIII Sr. San Jose, Calif. 3.90 English

Name School Dist. Yr. Hometown G.P.A. Major
Yolanda Berryhill Georgia State III Sr. Leesburg, Ga. 3.74 Exercise Science
Chelsea Blanchard Indiana V Jr. Ft. Wayne, Ind. 3.97 Visual Art Education
Keri Bland West Virginia II Sr. Fairview, W.Va. 3.37 Mathematics & Sec. Educ.
Brittany Borman Oklahoma VI Jr. Festus, Mo. 3.66 Health & Exercise Science
Sarah Callister Weber State VIII So. Ogden, Utah 4.00 Nursing
Corey Conner Maine I Jr. Townsend, Mass. 3.82 Nursing
Kianna Elahi Iowa State VII Jr. Omaha, Neb. 3.72 Chemical Engineering
Kelsey Hanley Indiana State V Sr. Arcadia, Ind. 3.42 Safety Management
Lauren McNamara Southeast Missouri St. VII Sr. Breese, Ill. 4.00 Mass Comm., Spanish
Sarah Pease Indiana V Sr. Elizabeth, Ind. 3.68 Human Biology
Kristin Reffett Murray State IV Sr. Evansville, Ind. 4.00 Business Admin., Accounting
April Rotilio West Virginia II Sr. Bellaire, Ohio 3.72 Ex. Physiology; Phys.Therapy
Ashley Schnell UNC-Greensboro III Jr. Lincoln, Neb. 4.00 Music
Renee Tomlin Georgetown II Gr. Ocean City, N.J. 3.61 French; Linguistics
Emily Zimmerman Dayton IV Jr. Dayton, Ohio 4.00 Adolescence-Young Adult Ed.

Capital One Academic All-American of the Year: Jordan Hasay, Oregon

(1) Capital One Academic All-America 1st team selection in 2010 # Capital One Academic All-America 3rd team in 2009
(2) Capital One Academic All-America 2nd team selection in 2010
(3) Capital One Academic All-America 3rd team selection in 2010

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