Dec. 13, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) has been named the women's cross country Academic All-Area Performer of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, as announced on Tuesday morning by the Philadelphia Area Sports Information Directors Association. Reid is the Performer of the Year for the second straight season after repeating as the NCAA individual champion and maintaining her equally impressive success academically.
The selections to the Academic All-Area team and voting for Performer of the Year are based on both athletic and academic accomplishments. Reid won every race she entered this past season to extend her cross country winning streak to eight consecutive starts. She has also won 13 of her last 15 races dating back to the 2009 season. This year she repeated as the individual champion at the national championships meet, as well as the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships.
Reid was an All-American in cross country for the third straight year and her career totals in both cross country and track & field add up to five national championships, 11 All-America honors and 12 BIG EAST titles. She was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and was recently chosen as a first team recipient of the NCAS Scholar Ballar Academic Momentum Award.
Away from competition Reid has been just as successful as a double major in English and Communications at Villanova, where she has earned Academic All-America honors and been a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star. She maintains a 3.408 grade-point average and compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2010 semester when she won her first individual national championship.
Reid was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team for cross country and track & field last spring and was also the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country. In addition, she was voted onto the Academic All-Area teams in both cross country and track & field.
The members of the 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Cross Country Team are Reid, Joy Hanke (Rowan), Katherine Klinges (Gwynedd-Mercy), Emily Lipman (Haverford), Jena Peacock (Rowan), Sarah Simonetti (Philadelphia University) and Christina Wetzel (Philadelphia University).
Each year the sports information directors from 28 area institutions vote on the Academic All-Area Teams for 22 different sports, plus two at-large teams. The teams recognize those student-athletes who are best able to balance athletics with academics, and excel at both. Voting is based on both grades and athletic performance. An overall Performer of the Year is also chosen from each team, as well as a Male Performer of the Year and a Female Performer of the Year at the end of each academic year.
The Academic All-Area program is now in its seventh year. A list of the honorees for each fall sport will appear in the printed edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer at a later date.