Trio of Wildcats Earn All-America Honors
June 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--The official All-America teams for the outdoor track & field season were released today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and Villanova athletes Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.), Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.) and Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) each received All-America recognition for their efforts at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week.
Reid and Ward are each second team All-Americans as a result of placing between ninth and 16th in their respective events at the national meet. Reid came in 10th in the finals of the 5000 meters and Ward came in 10th overall and fourth in her heat in the semifinals of the 100 meter hurdles. Mimic placed 17th in the 5000 meters and was named an honorable mention All-American.
Last week's championship race in the 5000 meters was the final collegiate event for Reid, who earned her 12th career All-America honor spanning cross country as well as both indoor and outdoor track. She is a four-time All-American during the outdoor season alone, including twice each in the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters.
Prior to the NCAA Championships last week Reid had finished third in the national semifinals of the 5000 meters at the NCAA East Regional, where she ran a time of 16:13.47. Earlier this season she set an outdoor school record with a personal best mark of 15:23.64 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Reid also established her personal best in the 1500 meters this spring, running in 4:10.73 at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon in between the NCAA regional and national meets.
Reid's greatest accomplishment of this outdoor season, however, came at the Penn Relays in April when she anchored Villanova to a Championship of America title in the distance medley relay. It was the 30th title all-time for the Wildcats at the Penn Relays and the 11th championship in the distance medley relay.
Ward earned second team All-America honors in the 100 meter hurdles for the second straight year after registering the 10th best time out of 24 qualifiers for the national semifinals. She entered the NCAA Championships ranked 17th coming out of the NCAA East Regional but ran a personal best time of 13.09 in her semifinal heat, finishing within four-hundredths of a second of advancing to the national championship heat.
The end of the outdoor season was a strong one for Ward, who returned from an injury sustained in late April to compete at the NCAA East Regional and qualify for the national championships. She was an automatic qualifier from the national first round and advanced on time in the quarterfinals to reach the finals site for the third straight year.
Ward concluded her collegiate career as a three-time All-American, including twice as a senior this year. She was a first team All-American indoors in the 60 meter hurdles with a seventh place finish in the NCAA finals.
As a result of earning honorable mention All-America accolades in the 5000 meters, Mimic is now a six-time All-American during her Villanova career. This is the second straight year she has earned outdoor All-America honors in the 5000 meters and she is also a three-time cross country All-American.
In the finals of the 5000 meters last weekend Mimic ran a steady race and moved up several spots over the final 2000 meters to finish in 17th place with a time of 16:53.66. Earlier in the season she earned All-BIG EAST honors for a runner-up finish at the conference championships and then came in fifth in her heat at the NCAA East Regional to automatically qualify for the national meet.
Mimic registered a personal best time in the 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays for the second straight season when she crossed the finish line in 15:44.15 in April, cutting more than four seconds off her time from the meet last year.