Villanova's Reid Makes History At NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Villanova's Sheila Reid became the first athlete to win national titles in the 1,500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, highlighting the BIG EAST contingent at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the campus of Drake University. Reid closed Friday's second day of competition by edging Georgetown's Emily Infeld for the 5,000-meter title and used a late kick in Saturday's 1,500 to earn her second national title of the meet. The two first-place finishes capped an incredible senior season for Reid, who also was the NCAA individual cross country champion and a member of Villanova's indoor distance medly relay team, which won the national title, giving her four NCAA individual titles this year. "It was not easy to double up in both events but it was a lot of fun and it is a terrific feeling to have won both races," said Reid. "I would not have entered both events if I didn't think I had a chance to win both but once I got here I just had to take it one day at a time. Having one race each day was actually a welcome distraction in a way because there was something for me to focus on each day. Reid won the 5,000 in 15:37.57 and took the 1,500 in 4:14.57. The men's competition was highlighted by the performance of Louisville senior Matt Hughes, who set personal and stadium records to repeat as the NCAA Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. "I had two goals going into this race," said Hughes, who hails from Oshawa, Ontario. "Win again and try to get the Canadian `B' Standard to make the World Team for Canada. I got the `B' Standard, and this is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I tried not to think about defending my title, but it's kind of hard not to do that. It's just a great feeling." Hughes won the steeplechase in 8:24.87, shattering the school record he used to win last year's NCAA title by nearly 10 seconds. In addition to the three NCAA titles won by BIG EAST athletes, the conference saw two others finish as national runners-up. Infeld was the closest competitor to Reid in the 5,000 as the Georgetown sophomore took second in 15:38.23. West Virginia junior Kate Harrison was second in the 10,000-meter run, finishing in 34:30.35 - about five seconds off the winning pace.