EUGENE, Ore. -- Air Force senior Shelley Spires closed out her collegiate career with first-team All-America status in the high jump, after tying for fourth in that event under cold and rainy conditions at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 9, at Historic Hayward Field.
Spires, making her second-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor meet, easily cleared the opening height of 5'8" on her first attempt. The recently commissioned second lieutenant also cleared the next bar -- 5'10" -- on her initial attempt to remain perfect on the day and in title contention. As the bar moved to 5'11½", the light drizzle turned into a heavy downpour and competition was halted twice as the grounds crew attempted to clean up the puddles forming the at the edge of the mat. Spires was unable to clear the 5'11½" bar -- a clearance that whittled the 11 remaining competitors down to three. As one of two jumpers to hold a clean sheet prior to that bar, Spires tied for fourth with Penn State's Megan McCloskey.
It is the fourth All-America award for Spires, who became the most decorated Division I All-American in Air Force women's history - and tied with Nick Frawley and Jamiel Trimble for the most DI awards by any Academy athlete.
The Falcons concluded the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a pair of first-team All-Americans, as junior Jaci Smith finished eighth in the 10,000-meter run on June 7. It is the first time since 2009 that the women's program has earned multiple All-America honors in a single meet.