Aug. 7, 2012
LONDON - Less than two months after finishing her collegiate career Sheila Reid made her Olympic debut on Tuesday morning, running for Canada in the first round of the 5000 meters. She crossed the finish line with a time of 15:27.41 and placed 15th in the second of two heats.
Reid was named to the Canadian team for the Olympics through the country's Rising Star program after she twice posted "B" standard times in the 5000 meters. She was the only Canadian out of 35 competitors in the first round of the 5000 meters.
Villanova had four former student-athletes competing in London, including Reid; Marina Muncan (women's track & field, Serbia); Andrew Sullivan (men's basketball, Great Britain); and Lisa Karcic (women's basketball; Croatia). In addition, former women's soccer goalkeeper Jillian Loyden is the alternate goalkeeper for the United States team and current track assistant coach Adrian Blincoe was selected for the New Zealand team before withdrawing due to an injury.
There has been at least one Villanovan in every Summer Olympics since 1948 and there have been 13 medals (nine gold, four silver) won over the years by former student-athletes. In addition, Dotsie Bausch '95 helped the United States win a silver medal in the Women's Cycling Team Pursuit competition during the current London Olympics. (Photo Gallery )
YESTERDAY'S ACTION: Monday, August 6
Men's Basketball: GREAT BRITAIN 90, China 58
Women's Track & Field: Marina Muncan - 1500 Meters (4:11.25, 21st of 44, Round 1)
TODAY'S ACTION: Tuesday, August 7
Women's Track & Field: Sheila Reid - 5000 Meters (15:27.41, 28th of 35, Round 1)