Shelley Spires

Shelley  Spires

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Mobile, Ala.

High School:
St. Paul's Episcopal

Height:
6-1

Event:
High Jump

07/17/2017

75 cadet-athletes earn Mountain West all-academic honors

The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000

03/21/2017

Matt Dorsey, Shelley Spires Earn Weekly MW Honors

It is the first conference award for Dorsey and the seventh for Spires.

01/31/2017

Shelley Spires Earns Fourth Straight Mountain West Honor

The junior now holds the top four high jump clearances in the conference this season.

01/24/2017

Shelley Spires Repeats as MW Field Athlete of the Week

Spires has claimed the weekly MW award during each of the first three weeks of the 2017 season.

01/17/2017

Shelley Spires, Kyle Pater Sweep Weekly MW Field Awards

It's the second time in three cycles that Air Force has swept the MW Field Athlete of the Week awards.


Track and Field's Most Outstanding Competitor | 2016
Mountain West Champion | High Jump
NCAA Participant | High Jump
Track and Field Newcomer of the Year | 2015

Personal-Best Marks
High Jump: 5'10½" (Academy Record)

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015-16: Earned the program's Most Outstanding Competitor award...Mountain West champion in the outdoor high jump...all-conference selection...NCAA qualifier...posted Academy-record clearances of 5'10½" during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...that height also broke the Academy's 20-year-old Sophomore Class Record...two-time MW Women's Field Athlete of the Week honoree (Jan. 12, May 10)...collected six first-place finishes on the year...improved her own Academy record in the outdoor high jump (5'10½") to win the Air Force Twilight Open...that clearance was ranked second in the conference and 28th in the nation during the outdoor season...became the program's second MW champion in the high jump with a winning clearance of 5'9¼"...first cleared the 5'10½" bar to match the Academy's indoor record and win the Air Force Team Challenge...also picked up first-place honors at the Air Force Holiday Open (5'8¾"), Air Force Collegiate Open (5'8¾") and Michael Johnson Classic (5'8")...received the team's Athlete of the Week award four times...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete...named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014-15: Earned the program's Newcomer of the Year award...impacted the top three of both the indoor and outdoor high jump standings...matched the Academy's outdoor high jump record with a clearance of 5'9¼" at the Rock Chalk Classic...that height is a new Freshman Class Record...scored for Air Force at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships after finishing sixth with a height of 5'7"...initially set Freshman Class Record in collegiate debut during the indoor season...matched the third-best indoor clearance in Academy history (5'8¾") to win the Air Force Holiday Open...missed all but five competitions due to injury...received the team's Field Athlete of the Week award following the Air Force Holiday Open and the Rock Chalk Classic...academic all-conference selection.

HIGH SCHOOL: St. Paul's Episcopal High School...lettered in track and field from seventh to 12th grade...two-time state champion in the heptathlon (all classifications)...set the Alabama state scoring record of 5,000 points in 2014, winning second title by nearly 700 points...added a runner-up finish in the heptathlon as a sophomore...won 11 individual Alabama 5A state titles (six in the high jump, four in the 400-meter dash and one in the 300-meter hurdles)...earned A-5A all-county selections seven times (three indoor, four outdoor)...three-time all-region selection...six-team all-state honoree (three indoor, three outdoor) after finishing within the top-three of the state championship meet...set school records in the indoor high jump (5'8½") and 400-meter dash (58.07) as junior...matched the school record in the outdoor high jump (5'9¼") as a senior...served as team captain as a senior...four-time MVP...named the Press-Register/AL.COM Girl's Regional (Coastal Alabama) Track Performer of the Year on two occasions...awarded the Mobile Optimist Club's 4A/5A Girl's Outstanding Track and Field Performer of the Year as a senior...also earned four varsity letters in volleyball...member of three 5A state championship teams...named MVP of the Alabama state tournament as a senior...also earned MVP honors while competing in Alabama's North vs. South volleyball game...named the Press-Register's Coastal Volleyball Player of the Year in 2013...two-time member of the Press-Register's Elite 12 Volleyball Team (2012, 2013)...named to the all-county and all-state teams all four years...holds school records in season kills (695) and career kills (1,868)...served as team captain during senior season...named the Kiwanis Club of Mobile's Female Senior Athlete of the Year for Mobile County in 2014...honored as the Press-Register/AL.COM Girl's Regional (Coastal Alabama) Athlete of the Year as a senior...member of the National Honor Society...graduated with a 4.3 GPA.

PERSONAL: Full name is Michelle Jules Spires...goes by Shelley...nickname is "Shaq"...daughter of Jim and Michelle Spires...has two older brothers -- Patrick, a 2010 Academy graduate, former member of the Air Force football team and current A-10 pilot, and Jacob, the quarterback who led the University of Alabama to the 2015 CFP national championship ("Roll Tide")...also has one younger brother, Payton, who will enter the Academy in 2017 and play on the men's basketball team...majoring in behavioral science...future career plans include working in the intelligence or space fields...serving as squadron's First Sergeant during the 2016-17 academic year...also served as an Element Leader during the second session of Basic Cadet Training...hobbies include reading, baking ("aka eating cookie dough"), being outside, napping whenever possible, hoarding Frosted Mini-Wheats, drinking coffee and spending time with family and friends...spent three weeks over the summer at Randolph AFB, Texas, for Operation Air Force...also worked BCT and traveled home...spent two years as a member of the Air Force volleyball team...earned all-conference (honorable mention) honors as a sophomore...considers greatest personal moments in sports winning three state championship titles with the volleyball team and winning eight state championships with the track and field team...member of Cadet Squadron 27.

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