DES MOINES, Iowa — Villanova’s Sheila Reid pulled off an impressive double at the NCAA outdoor championships on Saturday.
The junior became the first woman to win the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at the same NCAA meet, using a late burst to take Saturday’s 1,500m in 4:14.57.
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Reid said she was a bit lucky in the 1,500m because the favored inside lane opened up for her, but patience was her most valuable tactic as the pack bunched up during the race.
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.”
Reid held off Big East rival Emily Infield of Georgetown by less than a second to win the 5,000m on Friday night in 15:37.57.
Tiger by a tail
LSU’s Barrett Nugent got the best of rival Andrew Riley of Illinois in the 110m hurdles, winning the race in 13.28.
Riley beat Nugent in the 2010 NCAA outdoor meet and the 60m hurdles in the indoor meet, but Nugent got the best of Riley on Saturday.
“Andrew and I go back and forth a lot with who wins each race. We figured out if he wins the prelims, then I’ll win the final. And if I win the prelims, he’ll beat me in the final. That’s just how we are,” Nugent said.
Florida State won the men’s 400m relay in 38.77, despite a near-disastrous handoff between first leg Kemar Hyman and Ngonidzashe Makusha.
The baton was airborne for the blink of an eye, but Makusha didn’t skip a beat. He ran a strong second leg that steadied the Seminoles, and Maurice Mitchell and anchor Brandon Byram finished out the victory.
Makusha was phenomenal all week, breaking the collegiate record to win the 100 shortly after recording the best long jump in 18 years at the NCAA meet.
“We had a bit of a fumble, but I knew we had to make the best of the situation,” Makusha said.
The Oklahoma women finished fourth with 42 points, recording their best finish at the national meet. … The meet, which was held in Des Moines for just the second time in 41 years, was hampered by awful weather during the first three days of competition. Wednesday’s oppressive heat and humidity gave way to heavy storms on Thursday and Friday, turning the schedule upside-down. But the conditions cleared on Saturday morning, leaving temperatures in the low 70s with a light breeze and almost no humidity. … The four-day meet drew 29,377 fans, with more than 9,000 on hand Saturday for the finals. Des Moines will host next year’s NCAA outdoor meet as well. … Eight Drake Stadium records were set during the four-day meet, an impressive number given that the venue also hosts the annual Drake Relays.