Shelley Spires

Shelley  Spires


Mobile, Ala.

High School:
St. Paul's Episcopal


High Jump


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


Matt Dorsey, Shelley Spires Earn Weekly MW Honors

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


Shelley Spires Earns Fourth Straight Mountain West Honor

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


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.


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.

Personal-Best Marks -- High Jump: 6'1½" (Academy Record)

SENIOR YEAR | 2017-18: Team captain.

JUNIOR YEAR | 2016-17: Earned the team's Most Valuable Athlete award...two-time All-American in the high jump...named USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...Mountain West champion in the indoor high jump...MW indoor record holder...two-time all-conference selection...earned the Mountain West Field Athlete of the Week five times, including a span of four straight during the indoor season...became the first Air Force female to clear six feet in the high jump...set Academy records during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...broke indoor record during each of the first three meets...registered a career-best, Academy-record clearance of 6'1½" to win the Elite Section of the Air Force Invitational...accounted for (then) program-best marks during winning performances at the Air Force Holiday Open (5'11¼") and Potts Invitational (6'0")...won the high jump in five-of-six regular season indoor meets...cleared the six-foot bar five times...registered the third-best clearance in MW Championship-Meet history (6'0") to win the indoor title ...earned First-Team All-America status following a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships (6'0½")...matched career-best of 6'1½" during the outdoor season to finish second at the conference meet...reset the program three times, posting initial clearances of 6'0½" (Baldy Castillo Classic) and 6'0¾" (Beach Invitational)...won the high jump during five of six regular-season meets...tied for first at the NCAA West Preliminary (5'10½")...cleared 5'11½" to finish 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earn Second-Team All-America honors...earned the team's Field Athlete of the Week award five times...capped season with a fifth-place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships (6'0¾")...academic all-conference selection...named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the second-straight year.

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, Peyton, who is a freshman on the Air Force track and field team...majoring in behavioral science...future plans include becoming an intelligence officer...has served as Group 3 Academics Officer, ESET Element Leader, Director of Logistics for Falcon Sports Camps, First Sergeant and BCT Element Leader...hobbies include reading, experimental cooking, baking desserts, eating Thai food, trying new restaurants, competing against Kat and Jerni on activity goals, hanging out with her younger brother, going to the beach, going to church, and spending time with family and friends...competed at the USATF Outdoor Championships over the summer, "where I got to jump with professionals and Olympians"...also worked Falcon Sports Camps with "some of my best friends", experienced Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) as an Element Leader and spent leave at the beach in Florida...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 finishing fifth in the high jump at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships...member of Cadet Squadron 27.

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