June 1, 2012
EUGENE, Ore.--Senior middle distance runner Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) ran a time of 4:10.73 in the National 1500 meters on Friday night in the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field, eclipsing her previous personal best in the event by more than one second.
Reid, who is coming off an NCAA East Regional race in the 5000 meters in which she automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships next week, was part of a star-studded lineup of 16 runners that included some of the world's top athletes.
The previous career best time for Reid in the 1500 meters was 4:11.85, a mark which came last season at the 2011 Mt. SAC Relays. In tonight's race Reid also surpassed her previous season best time by six seconds.
So far this season Reid has established her career best times in both the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters. Back in April at the Mt. SAC Relays she not only shattered her personal top time in the 5000 meters but also broke the outdoor school record when she crossed the finish line in 15:23.64.
Just six days after her race at the Mt. SAC meet Reid anchored Villanvoa to a Championship of America title in the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays. It was the 30th title all-time at the Penn Relays for the Wildcats and the first in six years.
Reid ran the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet last month and then competed at last week's NCAA regional meet. Her third place finish in the 5000 meters at the NCAA regional advanced her to the finals site of the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year.
Next week the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from Wednesday (June 6) through Saturday (June 9). Reid will be joined in Iowa by junior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) and senior Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.), both of whom are also making their third straight trips to the national meet.
NOTES: Reid was not alone among Villanovans in tonight's 1500 meters race in Oregon ... Villanova alum Marina Muncan also competed and ran a time of 4:09.87, finishing less than a second ahead of Reid.