Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Top Villanova Moment of 2012: Sheila Reid Gets Her Watch

After four years of cross country and indoor eligibility, five NCAA titles, and three Penn Relays passed without a win, Sheila Reid, one of the most decorated runners in the history of Villanova track and field had only one thing left to achieve: A Penn Relays title. Villanova had won the distance medley relay, the signature event of the relays nine times, and Reid had anchored an NCAA title winning indoor relay in 2011, but a dropped baton on the opening leg at Penn that year took the Wildcats out of the race, while Big East rivals Georgetown wound up winning the race. In the 4x1500m relay the next day, Reid and Villanova were shut out again, this time by Boston College.

On April 26, 2012, the opening day of the college portion of the Penn Relays, Reid would get one final opportunity to win at Penn. With help from Emily Lipari, Christie Verdier, and Nicky Akande, she was able to do that. It was an awesome thing.

The rest of the 2012 season did not go exactly as planned, but Reid wound up making the Olympics for her home country of Canada, running the 5000m.

In a year where not many good things happened watching Sheila Reid make "history" was the top moment to me.

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