Paige Shirley

Paige  Shirley


Jacksonville, Fla.

High School:


Pole Vault


Over 40 Falcons Earn MW Academic Honors

The track and field team accounted for 41 of Air Force's 69 academic all-conference selections.


Program-Record 43 Named to Academic All-MW List

A total of 30 men and 13 women comprised 43 of the Academy's 65 academic all-conference selections.


Track and Field Announces 2013-14 Captains

Four men and four women were chosen by their teammates to lead the Falcons next season.


Falcons Conclude Action at All-Comers Meet

Joey Uhle won the pole vault with the seventh-best clearance in Academy history.


Track and Field Places 39 on Academic All-Conference List

Paige Blackburn, Katie Carroll and Kimber Shealy claimed their fourth straight academic all-MW honors.

SENIOR YEAR | 2013-14: Team captain.

JUNIOR YEAR | 2012-13: Recorded the fourth-best indoor pole vault clearance in Academy, as well as the seventh-best outdoor mark...cleared 12'10¾" during a fourth-place performance at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...cleared the 12-foot mark during five indoor marks...first cleared that height (12'1½") to finish second at the Air Force All-Comers Meet...also placed second at the Air Force Team Challenge (12'1½"), while earning third-place finishes at the Nebraska adidas Classic (11'10½") and Air Force Invitational (12'9½")...recorded a career-best outdoor clearance of 12'2½" during a winning performance at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...became the eighth Air Force vaulter to clear the 12-foot mark during the outdoor season at that meet...added a runner-up finish at the Air Force Relays (11'11 ¾")...earned "Standout" distinction from the team on three occasions...academic all-conference selection.

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2011-12: Cleared a season-best indoor height of 11'11¾" at the Mountain West Championships...was the runner-up at the Air Force Invitational with a clearance of 11'9¾"...also claimed a fifth-place finish at the Robert Shine Invitational (11'7¾")...also picked up top 10 finishes at the Air Force Blue-Silver Open (sixth) and Air Force All-Comers Meet with matching 10'11¾" marks...cleared an outdoor-best height of 10'11¾" at the Front Range Classic...academic all-conference selection.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2010-11: Became just the eighth Falcon to clear the 12-foot bar on the pole vault during the indoor season...recorded the sixth-best mark in Academy history (12'1½") at the Nebraska Wesleyan Open...finished fourth at that meet...matched that mark the following week with a third-place finish at the Don Barrett Duals...also finished third in the pole vault at the Robert Shine Invitational (11'6¼")...recorded an outdoor-best clearance of 11'1¾" to finish third at the Colorado Invitational...academic all-conference selection.

HIGH SCHOOL: Episcopal High School...two-time Florida 2A state champion in the pole vault (2009, 2010)...two-time district and regional champion...three-time selection to the Florida Times-Union All-Northeast Florida Track Team (2008, 2009, 2010)...Milesplit U.S. First-Team National Elite...served as team captain...two-time team MVP (2009, 2010)...also lettered four years in varsity cheerleading...served as team captain as a junior and senior...named Most Outstanding Female Athlete in a single sport as a senior...named to the Head of School's List every semester since sixth grade...member of the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and National Mathematics Honor Society...College Board AP Scholar...named the Episcopal High School Board of Trustees' Most Outstanding Female Student in 2010 for overall achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

PERSONAL: Full name is Paige Colleen Shirley...nickname is "Paige-chan"...daughter of Allen and Erin Shirley...parents are retired from the Air an only child...majoring in management...future plans include working as a public affairs or logistics officer...served as Flight Commander (fall 2013), Cadet Commander of Character Camp (summer 2013) and Group Athletics NCO (spring 2013)...has also served as Group Superintendent for Air, Space and Cyber, PEER and Element Leader...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance during four semesters...also named to the Commandant's List, Dean's List and Athletic Director's List...lived in Hawaii for four years as a child...hobbies include ceramics, reading and watching "Revenge", "Once Upon A Time", "Scandal", "House Hunters" and the Food Network...worked Character Camp over the summer, which involved leading a group of cadets and college students that taught high schoolers from around Colorado about character and leadership through adventure-based activities like white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and paintballing...also participated in the Powered Flight program and spent three weeks in Florida, relaxing on the beach with family and friends...would like to add that "I am excited about my last year of track and ready to break some records"...member of Cadet Squadron 22.

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