Villanova Women Win Second Straight Cross Country National Championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Villanova women's cross country team has captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship and the 29th BIG EAST national championship. 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. Finishing second was Georgetown junior Emily Infeld. 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). Entering the NCAA Championship, the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the nation and the Mid-Atlantic Region in the final regular season polls released by the USTFCCCA. Villanova has owned the top spot in every poll this season and has been a unanimous No. 1 team in seven of the eight weekly polls. Villanova won every scored race they entered this fall.