Nov. 12, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) is the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region individual champion for the third consecutive season and Villanova earned a share of the team title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon on the UMES Cross Country Course at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region meet.
Reid and senior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) finished first and third, respectively, and the Wildcats finished with a team score of 57 points to tie Georgetown for first place in the region. The top four runners for Villanova all finished in the top 16 overall to ensure the team's berth in the national championships meet later this month.
Sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished in 10th place and classmate Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) was 16th. The top four runners each received All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for their performances.
The identical scores of 57 points for the Wildcats and the Hoyas put them just ahead of another BIG EAST foe, West Virginia, who was third in the team standings with 64 points. Penn State (90) and Princeton (124) rounded out the top five teams.
Freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) was the fifth runner for Villanova and finished in 28th place, while senior Callie Hogan (Bay Shore, N.Y.) came in 40th and junior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) was 138th.
The tie in the team score between the Wildcats and Georgetown was not broken and the teams share the title of NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region champion. Villanova has now claimed at least a share of the championship for the third straight year.
Reid, meanwhile, has been the BIG EAST and Mid-Atlantic Region individual champion three years running. She won her seventh consecutive race and today's victory was her 11th in 13 starts since the beginning of the 2009 season.
While the team scores were remarkably close the individual finishing times were a little higher than expected due to a re-route halfway through the race. Each of the 199 runners in the field ran 500 meters longer than the original 6,000 meter course would have entailed.
Reid crossed the finish line with a time of 21:32.7 and finished ahead of Emily Infeld of the Hoyas (21:34.0), while Mimic had a time of 21:36.8.
The NCAA Championships will return to Terre Haute, Ind. and will be contested next Monday, November 21.