Sheila Reid wins second Honda Sports Award

Villanova’s Sheila Reid, who became the first woman in NCAA history to win the national outdoor championship at 1,500 and 5,000 meters in the same meet, has been named winner of the Honda Sports Award in track and field.

Reid, who won the Honda Award for cross country in December after winning the national championship in that event and leading the Wildcats to the team title, defeated three other nominees for the award and now is in the running for female college athlete of the year.

“It is very humbling to be named the Honda Sports Award winner considering the outstanding nominees that were up for the award,” Reid said in a statement released by Villanova. “For me to be named the winner from this group is an amazing honor.”

Reid captured the NCAA titles in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. She was also Big East champion in the same two events.

During the NCAA indoor championship, Reid anchored the Wildcats’ national championship distance medley relay team and earned All-America honors in the 3,000.

The other nominees for the Honda Award in track where Jessica Beard of Texas A&M, Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU and Kim Williams of Florida State.

Reid is one of three women ever to be a double Honda Award winner in the same year.

“I have spoken often this year about the incredible women who have been stars on the track at Villanova,” she said. “For me to win these two Honda Sports Awards this year maybe means that my name can be etched alongside all these great women that came before me.”

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