Feb. 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--For the second straight year Villanova standout Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) has been named the National Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as announced this morning in the organization's release of its annual cross country all-academic team. Reid won her second straight individual national title at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this fall.
This is the third time in the last calendar year that Reid has been chosen as the top Scholar-Athlete in the nation by the USTFCCCA. She has won the award twice in a row for cross country and was also selected as the winner for the outdoor track season last spring. In the same period of time Reid has racked up five national championships, including two cross country titles, an indoor relay title in the distance medley relay and outdoor championships in the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters.
Reid is a double major in English and Communications at Villanova and through the end of the Fall 2011 semester had a 3.39 cumulative grade-point average. She has received due recognition for her work in the classroom, being named a first team Capital One Academic All-American last spring in addition to being a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and a two-time Philadelphia Inquirer Women's Cross Country Performer of the Year.
In her final collegiate cross country season Reid went undefeated and repeated as the individual champion at the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional before successfully defending her national championship crown. She finished the 2011 season having won eight consecutive cross country races dating back to the previous year and was victorious in 12 of her last 14 starts dating back to the 2009 campaign.
For the second straight year Reid was honored as the Amateur Athlete of the Year at the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner. Including both cross country and track she is an 11-time All-American and 12-time BIG EAST champion during her Wildcats career. Reid has one season of remaining collegiate eligibility for the upcoming outdoor season which begins next month.
In order to be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in cross country a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and also be named either an All-American at the NCAA Cross Country Championships or finish in the top 15 of their NCAA regional race. The member of the All-Academic squad with the highest finish at the national championships meet is named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Reid is one of 15 student-athletes from the BIG EAST Conference to be named to the All-Academic Team. The BIG EAST and Big Ten each had 15 student-athletes named to the team, more than any other conference in the country. A total of 104 student-athletes make up this year's All-Academic Team.