Dec. 12, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla.--Senior cross country and track student-athlete Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) is a recipient of the 2011 Academic Momentum Award and is a first team selection, as announced last week by The Scholar Baller Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). A total of 49 student-athletes nationwide were chosen for the award, which encompasses all sports.
Nominees for the Academic Momentum Award were selected based on each student-athlete's academic improvement and the impact each of their academic performances had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors. A total of 17 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the first team, 16 recipients were chosen for the second team and 16 recipients were selected for the third team. There were 89 nominations received from 55 different colleges and universities.
Reid made headlines during the 2010-11 academic year by winning four national championships, including becoming the first woman in history to win both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters in the same year at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She also won the cross country individual national title and anchored Villanova to a national championship in the distance medley relay during the indoor track & field season.
Her academic accomplishments were just as impressive. While helping lead the cross country team to a second consecutive national championship in 2010, and winning her first individual national title in the process, Reid achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the Fall 2010 semester. She was named both the National Athlete of the Year and the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Following the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year Reid was voted a Capital One First Team Academic All-American and was a `Top 3' finalist for the Honda-Broderick Cup, presented to the top female collegiate student-athlete in the nation. Reid doubled as the Honda Sports Award winner for both cross country and track & field during the year.
Reid is a double major in English and Communications at Villanova and has been a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star during her collegiate career. She has a 3.408 composite GPA.
To this point the 2011-12 academic year is off to just as promising a start for Reid as last year. She repeated as the individual champion at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and won all four of her races during the fall season, also including the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Reid finished her collegiate cross country career having won each of her last eight starts, and 13 of her 15 races overall dating back to the 2009 season.
Reid has used up her indoor collegiate eligibility but will rejoin the Wildcats during the outdoor track & field season this spring. To date her combined accomplishments in cross country and track & field add up to five national championships, 11 All-America honors and 12 BIG EAST titles.
The First Team recipients of the Academic Momentum Award are Reid, Christopher Bass (men's basketball, Louisiana State); Chelsea Carrier (women's track & field, West Virginia); Erin Davis (women's gymnastics, Nebraska); Antonio Fenelus (football, Wisconsin); Janae Fulcher (women's basketball, Arizona State); Curenski Gilleylen (football, Nebraska); Robert McLarney (men's soccer, Rutgers); Jessica Panza (women's gymnastics, North Carolina State); Latoya Parkinson (women's track & field, Auburn); Trent Richardson (football, Alabama); Anthony Salciccia (men's soccer, California); and Natalie Villarreal (softball, Texas A&M).
The Second Team recipients of the Academic Momentum Award are Tyler Bitancurt (football, West Virginia); Aunye Boone (women's track & field, Virginia Tech); Brooke Borneman (field hockey, Indiana); Dakota Crockett (volleyball, Texas A&M); Janelle Davis (volleyball, Canisius); Michael Genovese (baseball, Seton Hall); Jamion Hartley (volleyball, Ball State); Kari Honomichl (volleyball, Niagara); Sarah Lizotte (water polo, UC San Diego); Amanda Montalto (softball, Ball State); Stephanie Norton (women's lacrosse, Connecticut); Jamal Parks (wrestling, Oklahoma State); Cecille Perez (women's basketball, Abilene Christian); Luke Spencer (men's soccer, Xavier); Shealyn Sullivan (women's soccer, Georgian Court); and Kayla Vitale (women's soccer, Dowling).
The Third Team recipients of the Academic Momentum Award are Stephen Bailey (football, Florida International); Ashley Benson (volleyball, Indiana); Mark Dodds (baseball, Florida International); Janae Grimes (softball, San Jose City College); April Hutchens (softball, Valdosta State); Verdell Jones II (men's basketball, Indiana); Chanel King (men's track & field, St. John's); Lindsey Lamar (football, USF); Shelly Lyons (football, Arizona State); Geoffrey Navarro (men's track & field, Monmouth); DeShawn Painter (men's basketball, North Carolina State); Matthew Pierce (football, Valdosta State); Korney Rhoades (men's soccer, South Carolina); Kiersten Tupper (women's lacrosse, Connecticut); Athalia Smith (women's track & field, Sacred Heart); and Khymest Williams (football, UCF).
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is "to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change."
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.