NEW YORK - Just days after winning her third and fourth national championships in less than a year Villanova senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) has been voted the Honda Sports Award winner in track & field in balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 35th year. Remarkably, Reid is a double Honda Award winner this year, after also winning the cross country award this past fall.
At the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week Reid won individual titles in the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters, becoming the first woman in history to win those two events in the same year. She was also the anchor of the Wildcats national champion distance medley relay squad during the indoor track season and added All-America honors in the 3000 meters.
Reid was chosen as the track & field Honda Sports Award winner over three other nominees, including Jessica Beard (senior, Texas A&M); Kimerlyn Duncan (sophomore, Louisiana State); and Kim Williams (senior, Florida State). The four nominees were selected by the Women's Track & Field Coaches Association.
"It is very humbling to be named the Honda Sports Award winner considering the outstanding nominees that were up for the award," Reid said. "The other nominees all have terrific accomplishments and for me to be named the winner from this group is an amazing honor."
For the 2010-11 academic year Reid counts four national titles and six BIG EAST championships on her list of accolades. She preceded her double in the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters at the NCAA Championships last week by winning both events at the BIG EAST Championships last month. During the indoor season, she captured an individual BIG EAST title in the 1000 meters and established a new meet record in the process. She also led Villanova to championships in the 4x800 medley relay and the distance medley relay.
Reid was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA ) for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and also is in the running to be named the outdoor National Athlete of the Year.
The track Honda Sports Award could not be a more fitting honor to mark the incredible year that Reid has, one which began with her winning the individual national title in cross country in the fall. She was selected as the Honda Sports Award winner for cross country in December and is now one of just three women ever to be a double Honda Sports Award winner in the same year. Reid is the first woman from Villanova to win for both cross country and track & field in the same year.
"I have spoken often this year about the incredible women who have been stars on the track at Villanova," Reid said. "For me to win these two Honda Sports Awards this year maybe means that my name can be etched alongside all of these great women that came before me."
Like many Honda Sports Award winners, Reid is an academic standout in addition to her excellence in competition. She is a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and currently holds a 3.408 grade-point average as an English major. Reid was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team and remains a candidate for Academic All-America honors. In cross country last fall Reid was named the USTFCCCA National Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also earned Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honors.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a "Top Three" finalist for Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year.
Previously announced Honda Sports Award recipients in 2010-11 include Reid (cross country), Kelsey Bruder (softball, Florida); Jana Jurcova (tennis, California); Shannon Smith (lacrosse, Northwestern); Marta Silva Zamora (golf, Georgia); Kayla Hoffman (gymnastics, Alabama); Maya Moore (basketball, Connecticut); Katinka Hosszu (swimming & diving, Southern California); Blair Brown (volleyball, Penn State); Melissa Henderson (soccer, Notre Dame); and Katie O'Donnell (field hockey, Maryland).
The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions. On June 27, 2011, the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at a ceremony in New York, at which the "Top Three" finalists are scheduled to attend.
This year's award represents American Honda Motor Company's 25th anniversary in support of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. Honda has donated over $2 million in grants and sponsorships to universities over the course of the program.
On June 17, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Reid as its National Women's Track Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments during the outdoor track season. Reid was also the organization's National Athlete of the Year in cross country last fall.