COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After breaking the conference record in the high jump last Saturday, Air Force junior Shelley Spires was honored with the Mountain West Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award this afternoon (Jan. 24). It is the fifth career award for Spires, who has earned the conference’s weekly honor during each of the first three weeks of the current season.
Posting a career-best clearance of 6’1½” to win the high jump at the Air Force Invitational, Spires broke the Mountain West’s six-year-old record by a quarter-of-an-inch. The native of Mobile, Ala., improved her own Academy record twice during the series and finalized the run with a one-and-a-half inch personal improvement. Her record-setting clearance, which was achieved on her first attempt, was the second-best jump in the nation over the Jan. 19-21 weekend, while her lead-up clearance of 6’0½” was tied for sixth. Spires, who won the seeded section of the high jump by over an inch and helped Air Force to the team title, is ranked third in the NCAA this season.
With this week’s honor, Spires has collected more weekly Mountain West awards (five) than any other member of the women’s team in Academy history.
Spires, who shared the conference’s Jan. 24 award with New Mexico’s Josh Kerr (men’s track athlete of the week), Colorado State’s Mostafa Hassan (men’s field athlete of the week) and San Diego State’s Micha Auzenne (women’s track athlete of the week), returns to action this weekend, when Air Force travels to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 28.