COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force junior Shelley Spires was named the Mountain West Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week this afternoon (Jan. 31), marking the fourth time in as many weeks - and the sixth time of her career - that the Mobile, Ala., native has earned the weekly conference honor.
The junior captured her fourth high jump title of the year last Saturday to lead the Air Force women at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque. Spires recorded a clearance of 5’10¾” to better the field of 12 – which included several jumpers from 19th-ranked Kansas State – by two inches. The height, which was tied for the seventh-best jump in the NCAA over the Jan. 27-29 weekend, is the fourth-best jump in the Mountain West this year – trailing only her clearances of 6’1½” (Air Force Invitational), 6’0” (Potts Invitational) and 5’11¼” (Air Force Holiday Open) from earlier this season.
Spires, who shared this week’s honor with Utah State’s Dillon Maggard (men’s track athlete of the week), Boise State’s Sadi Henderson (women’s track athlete of the week) and Wyoming’s Scott Carter (men’s field athlete of the week), returns to action this Friday (Feb. 3), when the Falcons host Grand Canyon, Long Beach State and Stephen F. Austin in the Air Force Team Challenge.