Villanova Women Win Second Straight NCAA Cross Country Championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Villanova women's cross country team captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship and the 29th BIG EAST national championship on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. It also is Villanova's ninth national championship in program history. Villanova senior Sheila Reid placed first overall with a time of 20:06.9 to win her first NCAA individual title. Finishing second was Georgetown junior Emily Infeld 20:09.2. Four of the five Wildcat performers finished in the top 22 to earn All-America honors. Senior Amanda Marino, who placed second at the BIG EAST Championships, took eighth in 20:27, while fellow senior Alison Smith placed 20th and junior Bogdana Mimic placed 22nd. The squad finished with 120 points, 34 points better than second-place Florida State. Reid dominated the BIG EAST on the women's side this season, winning her second-straight individual title at the 2010 BIG EAST Championships. The junior also won the Mid-Atlantic Region title by 16 seconds. Reid also won the award last year, and makes it three-straight seasons that a Villanova runner has been named Mid-Atlantic Athlete of the Year. The Wildcats won the NCAA team title each year from 1989-94 and also won in 1998 and 2009. The program's individual champions include Vicki Huber (1989), Sonia O'Sullivan (1990 and 1991), Carole Zajac (1992 and 1993), Jen Rhines (1994) and Carrie Tollefson (1997). As a conference, the BIG EAST dominated on the women's side, with four teams finishing in the top 10 of team competition, the only conference to accomplish such a feat. After Villanova's first-place finish, Georgetown notched fourth while Providence took ninth and Syracuse finished 10th. Ten BIG EAST individuals were also honored with All-America selections by finishing in the top 40 at the championship. The Hoyas placed fourth, totaling 167 points behind Infeld's runner-up finish. Sophomore Emily Jones also had a strong outing, finishing 23rd in 20:47. Senior Renee Tomlin and freshman Madeline Chambers were also in the top 30, placing 25th and 28th respectively. The Hoyas tied the Wildcats for most All-America selections with four in Infeld, Jones, Tomlin and Chambers. The Friars charged to a ninth-place finish thanks to sophomore Shelby Greany's 10th-place performance, earning her All-America accolades. Greany crossed the line in 20:28 to lead all PC runners. Junior Mary Kate Champagne took 39th in 21:01, while junior Hannah Davidson finished 75th in 21:22. Providence totaled 343 points. Syracuse followed in 10th to round out the women's teams, with senior Catherine Desarle placing 38th to lead the Orange. Classmate Katie Hursey followed in 64th (21:16), while juniors Lauren Penney and Heather Stephens notched 78th and 79th respectively. The Orange totaled 347 points. West Virginia individual runners sophomore Kaitlyn Gillespie and junior Sarah-Anne Brault placed 34th and 71st respectively. Gillespie was named an All-American, crossing the line in 20:46.8 while Brault finished in 21:08.1. On the men's side, Syracuse was the highest-finishing team in 14th with 365 points. Oklahoma State was the national champion with 73 points. Junior Pat Dupont placed 27th to lead the Orange, crossing the line in 30:26. He was one of two BIG EAST runners to earn an All-America selection. Classmates Steve Weeks came in 62nd with a time of 30:54; and Tito Medrano finished 71st in 30:58. Providence claimed 22nd with two runners placing in the top 45. Junior Lee Carey, an All-America selection, finished in 21st with a time of 30:20. Classmate Dominic Channon notched 44th in 30:40. The Friars totaled 510 points. Villanova followed in 23rd, scoring 550 points behind sophomore Mathew Mildenhall who finished 46th with a time of 30:41. Junior Keith Capecci and sophomore Matthew Kane came in 104th and 119th respectively. Notre Dame, who qualified as an at-large selection, finished in 25th-place. Sophomore Jeremy Rae was the top finisher for the Irish in 78th, navigating the course in 31:07. Behind Rae was senior Dan Jackson who placed 100th with a time of 31:23. Notre Dame totaled 571 points. Louisville and Georgetown finished in 28th and 29th respectively. The Cardinals, an at-large selection from the Southeast Region, had two runners in the top 70. Senior Michael Eaton placed 58th with a time of 30:51 and junior Matt Hughes notched 68th with a time of 30:57. The Cardinals totaled 622 points. The Hoyas had 644 points with senior Ayalew Taye leading GU in 106th. The Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year finished the race in 31:27.