PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Villanova senior Sheila Reid was named women’s cross country Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive year, while Georgetown head coach Chris Miltenberg earned Women’s Coach of the Year as announced by the USTFCCCA. Reid won her second-straight national cross country title on Nov. 21 leading the Wildcats to a third-place finish. Miltenberg guided the Hoyas to their first national title on Nov. 21. This is second year the BIG EAST has won both awards.
Reid, a senior from Newmarket, Ontario, won her second-straight national cross country crown on Nov. 21, leading the Wildcats to a third-place team finish. In one of the best finishes in recent memory, Reid had to compete with a lead pack of eight runners heading into the final 500-meter stretch. Reid and Oregon’s Jordan Hasay separated from the group and ran side-by-side until the final 100 meters where she out sprinted Hasay to take the crown in 19:41.2.
The Georgetown women’s team won the NCAA crown for the first time in school history, tallying 162 points to hold off a tightly-packed bunch that included runner-up Washington (170), third-place and two-time defending champion Villanova (181), and No. 1-ranked Florida State (189). Georgetown’s eight-point margin of victory is the lowest since 2003 when Stanford’s 120 points edged out BYU with 128.
The team was led by Emily Infeld who finished fourth overall with a time of 19:44.3. Senior Claire Richardson (50th overall), junior Emily Jones (54th), junior Kirsten Kasper (64th), and freshman Katrina Coogan (67th) closed out scoring for the Hoyas.