BIG EAST Places 5 on Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Four-time NCAA champion Sheila Reid of Villanova and Marquette standout Olivia Johnson highlighted a group of five BIG EAST student-athletes who were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America University Division Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Reid and Johnson were both chosen to the Academic All-America First Team. West Virginia junior Sarah-Anne Brault was named to the second team, while the Mountaineers placed seniors Keri Bland and April Rotilio on the third team. Georgetown graduate student Renee Tomlin also was chosen to the third team. Reed completed her career as one of the most decorated athletes in BIG EAST history. She won the 2010 NCAA individual title in cross country, leading Villanova to its NCAA-record ninth team championship, and added individual national titles in the indoor distance medley relay and the outdoor 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs. Reid was chosen as the Honda Award winner in both cross country and outdoor track & field and was named as the National Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Reid is an English major with a 3.37 grade-point average. Johnson was Marquette's top finisher in every race of the 2010 cross country season and was a top-50 finisher at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. She also holds a spot on four of Marquette's top-10 performance lists in track & field. Johnson holds a 4.0 grade-point average as an accounting major and was the 2011 winner of the Delta Sigma Pi Golden Key Award. Brault took second place in the 10,000-meter run at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was 22nd in the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. She went on to an eighth-place finish at the Canadian World Cross Country Trials in 2010. Brault has a 3.96 GPA in economics. Bland completed her career as the most decorated West Virginia women's track & field athlete in school history. She took 18th in the 1,500-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and is the first West Virginia woman to earn all-America accolades in three sports in the same year. Bland holds a 3.80 grade-point average and is pursuing a master's degree in secondary education. Rotilio was the 2011 BIG EAST outdoor champion in the 400-meter dash and she placed 19th in that event in the NCAA Championships. She is a three-time all-America finisher who holds school records in the indoor and outdoor 400 and the outdoor 500-meter events. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy and holds a 3.83 grade-point average. Tomlin is a four-time all-America finisher and a seven-time BIG EAST champion who was a member of Georgetown's winning distance medley relay squad at the 2011 Penn Relays. She capped her career with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Tomlin earned an undergraduate degree in French and has a 3.84 grade-point average as a graduate student pursing a degree in linguistics. The five BIG EAST selections give the conference 22 Capital One Academic All-America picks from the 2010-11 season, matching the league's total from the 2009-10 season. A record 11 of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions had at least one Academic All-America selection in 2010-11. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.