Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sheila Reid is 3-Time Winner of XC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Villanova’s Sheila Reid Wins Third Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honor

Courtesy: Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
February 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – Sheila Reid of Villanova University was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011 cross country season on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Reid won a second-straight NCAA cross country individual national title this past fall. Overall, it is Reid’s third Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Reid has twice won the cross country version of the award, and, for the 2011 track & field season, she was the USTFCCCA’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for outdoor track.

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

Cross Country Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Sheila Reid, Villanova

Reid, an English major from Newmarket, Ontario, has a cumulative GPA of 3.39 through the fall 2011 semester.

At the NCAA Championships in the fall, Reid captured the second-straight title in leading the Wildcats to a third-place team finish. In one of the best finishes in recent memory, Reid had to compete with a lead pack of eight runners heading into the final 500-meter stretch. Reid and Oregon’s Jordan Hasay separated from the group and ran side-by-side until the final 100 meters where Reid outsprinted Hasay to take the crown in 19:41.2.

Reid became the fifth in NCAA history to win back-to-back individual crowns.

Reid also won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic title for the third-straight time in the fall with a 21:32.7, outdistancing Georgetown’s Emily Infield by just over a second. Reid won the Big East crown for the third-straight time in leading the Wildcats a fourth-straight league championship.

Past Winners
2011: Sheila Reid, Villanova
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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