Feb. 23, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force sophomore pole vaulter Kimber Shealy (Kennesaw, Ga.) was named the Mountain West Conference Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced this afternoon (Feb. 22). It is the second career honor for Shealy, who became just the second Air Force female to clear the 13-foot mark in Academy history.
Clearing the bar at 13'3½" to easily win the event at the Robert Shine Invitational in Laramie, Wyo., Shealy jumped into second on the program's all-time list. Improving her personal height by six inches, the sophomore easily bettered the competition by more than three feet. That height is the second-highest ever (indoor or outdoor) in Academy history.
The clearance, which provisionally qualified Shealy into the NCAA Championships, is a new Robert Shine Invitational meet record and a new record for War Memorial Field House. The 13'3½" clearance is the third highest vault in the conference this season and is currently tied for the 30th in the national standings.
Shealy shared the weekly award with Wyoming's Jeremiah James, who was tabbed with the men's honor. She is the fourth Air Force athlete to earn the MWC Athlete of the Week award during the indoor season. Shealy, along with seniors Nick Frawley, Sara Neubauer and Ally Romanko, have combined for six individual weekly awards - the most ever in Academy history.
Air Force begins championship season this week, as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2010 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 25, and will be held at the ABQ Convention Center.