March 9, 2011
NEW ORLEANS--Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in an announcement on Monday afternoon. The organization announced its top track and top field athletes as well as regional Coaches of the Year for the indoor season.
Reid has enjoyed another dominant campaign for Villanova and heads to the NCAA Championships this weekend. She enters the national meet ranked second in the country - by a margin of less than one quarter of a second - in the 3000 meters and will also be a part of the Wildcats top-ranked distance medley relay squad.
So far this season, Reid has won every individual races in the 1000 meters, Mile and 3000 meters. She is one of only two runners in the nation to break nine minutes in the 3000 meters, which she did when she ran a personal best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 8:56.92 at the New York Armory back in January.
At the BIG EAST Championships in February, Reid established a new meet record en route to repeating as the conference champion in the 1000 meters. She ran the anchor leg of the 4x800 meter relay for Villanova and led the team to a second consecutive BIG EAST crown in that event as well. Reid was also a part of the Wildcats winning DMR relay quartet at the conference meet.
Most recently, Reid ran the anchor leg (1600 meters) of the distance medley relay at the Columbia Last Chance Meet this past Friday. Villanova secured the relay team's spot in the national championships with not only the nation's leading time this year but also the third-fastest collegiate time ever run in the event. Reid posted a split of 4:31.7 during her leg of the relay and cruised down the home stretch after putting the Wildcats ahead for good in the race.
Reid continues to have as remarkable an academic year as any Villanova student-athlete in recent memory. During the fall cross country season, she was the individual NCAA champion while leading the Wildcats to a second consecutive national title. She was the winner of the sport's Honda Award for her accomplishments.
All the while, Reid continued to be perfect off the race course too. She achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA for the Fall, 2010 semester and was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year for cross country. She is already a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star during her collegiate career.
At the NCAA Championships this weekend, Reid will run in the distance medley relay on Friday at 8:20 p.m. and the 3000 meters on Saturday at 6:40 p.m.