Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sheila Reid Wins Athletics Ontario Distance Athlete of Year Award
Rita Quibell and Sheila Reid of the Newmarket Huskies were named winners of their respective categories at Saturday night’s Athletics Ontario awards ceremony in Toronto.
Quibell was named winner for the women’s masters distances category after a highlighting her season by becoming a double winner at the world masters track and field championships held in July in Sacramento, California.
Competing in the women’s 55-59 years age bracket, Quibell captured gold medals in the 800 and 1,500 metres.
Meanwhile, Reid took home top honours in the senior women’s division after a season highlighted by winning three NCAA championships. In doing so, Reid beat out fellow nominees Rachel Aubry, Dana Buchanan, and Kate Van Buskirk.
The 22-year-old senior at Villanova University in Philadelphia won the cross-country title last fall. She followed that feat by becoming the first woman to win the 1,500 and 5,000 titles in the same NCAA outdoor championship meet in June.
Here are women's award winners:
Sprints/Hurdles: Phylicia George
Distance: Sheila Reid
Throws: Sultana Frizell
Jumps: Jillian Drouin
Combined Events: Jessica Zelinka