April 26, 2012
Villanova won the Championship of America distance medley relay on Thursday evening at Franklin Field to capture the 30th Penn Relays title in school history, and the 11th championship in the DMR.
Of the 30 championships that the Wildcats have won at the Penn Relays, all but two have come in the distance medley relay, the 4x800 meter relay or the 4x1500 meter relay. Villanova is running in all three of these signature events this week.
This year's title in the DMR is the first Penn Relays championship for the Wildcats since 2006, when the team also captured the DMR race.
Head coach Gina Procaccio has been a part of four Villanova championships at the Penn Relays, including one as a student-athlete in 1987 when she led off the distance medley relay and helped lead the Wildcats to a win. She has now guided Villanova to three more titles in her tensure as head coach.
Senior Sheila Reid won a Penn Relays championship for the first time in her career. Reid is a five-time national champion for the Wildcats, with titles during the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons. She is one of five women in school history to have achieved the combination of at least one Penn Relays title to go along with at least one individual cross country national championship and at least one national title during both the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
The four women who have previously accomplished the feat that Reid marked today are Vicki Huber, Sonia O'Sullivan, Jen Rhines and Carrie Tollefson.