Personal-Best Marks – 5000m: 14:36.63 | 10,000m: 29:46.30
JUNIOR YEAR | 2016-17: Competed in three difference distances...clocked a career-best 5000-meter time of 14:36.63 to finish second at the Tyson Invitational...won that event at the Air Force Invitational (14:48.68, adjusted for altitude)...ran the mile twice, posting a personal-best time of 4:19.71a at the Air Force Team Challenge...posted a debut time of 29:46.30 to finish third in the 10,000-meter run at the Drake Relays.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015-16: Competed in three outdoor meets, running a different distance in each...ran the 1500-meter run at the Air Force Twilight Open (career-best 4:06.43)...clocked a personal-best time of 8:57.03a in the 3000-meter run at the Colorado Invitational...added a 5000-meter time of 15:30.70 at the Aztec Invitational.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014-15: Participated in three different distances during the outdoor season...competed in the 5000-meter run three times...clocked a career-best time of 15:06.93 at the Rock Chalk Classic...ran the 3000-meter run at the Air Force Twilight Open, finishing third with a time of 9:01.47 (adjusted for altitude)...clocked a 1500-meter time of 4:12.49a at the New Mexico Quadrangular...competed in three indoor meets...clocked a personal-best 3000-meter time of 8:48.18a to finish third at the Air Force Team Challenge...ran the mile at the Adams State Qualifier, posting a time of 4:26.43a (adjusted for track size).
MAJOR CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Air Force to a 15th-place finish in the team standings at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships...also counted as a scoring runner on the men’s team that finished fifth at the NCAA Mountain Regional and second at the MW Championships that year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Severna Park High School...finished fourth at the 2013 Maryland 4A Cross Country State Championships...earned third-team Nike Cross North East Region honors, after placing 17th at the National Qualifier...finished fourth in the 3200-meter run at the state outdoor track and field championship in 2013...served as an officer in the National Honor Society...AP Scholar.
PERSONAL: Full name is James Melvin Shipley...goes by Jimmy...nickname is “McFly”...son of Roger and Janice Shipley...has one older brother...majoring in political science...future plans include becoming an intelligence officer...serving as Spirit Officer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...unofficial dietician of the cross country team...named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List...member of the “500 Club” for earning a perfect score on the AFT...hobbies include shopping at Farmers Markets, counting calories, rock climbing, watching documentaries about plants and animals, hiking and foraging the local woods...spent three summers learning Arabic through the Naval Academy’s Summer Programs while in high school...loves cats (including his own cat, Jasper) and dogs (including his own dog, Riley)...spent the summer walking through the woods, climbing rock walls, flying planes through the Rocky Mountains and swimming in the ocean, all in search for “the finest fruits and vegetables our green earth has to offer”...member of Cadet Squadron 21.