DES MOINES, Iowa - Villanova's Sheila Reid pulled off an impressive double in the NCAA outdoor championships on Saturday.
The junior became the first woman to win the 1,500 and 5,000 meters in the same NCAA meet, using a late burst to take Saturday's 1,500 in 4 minutes, 14.57 seconds.
Reid said she was a bit lucky in the 1,500 because the favored inside lane opened up for her, but patience was her most valuable tactic as the pack bunched up.
Reid couldn't contain her excitement once she approached the finish line, pumping her fist on the way to the win.
"I couldn't even think straight when I crossed the finish line. I gave probably the most embarrassing celebration ever," Reid said. "I'm so ecstatic right now. It hasn't totally sunk in yet."
Ali a winner. Southern Cal's Nia Ali, a former West Catholic star who graduated from Pleasantville (N.J.) High, won the women's 100-meter hurdles in 12.63 seconds.
Gibney earns honors. Villanova senior Matthew Gibney placed fourth in the 1,500 to earn all-American honors in the event for the second time in the last three years.