NEW ORLEANS – Highlighted by a first-team award from senior Shelley Spires, two members of the Air Force track and field team earned All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association today (March 12), as the USTFCCCA announced its Division I list of All-Americans.
Spires earned First-Team All-America status in the high jump after clearing 6’0½” to finish seventh in that event at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which were held over the March 9-10 weekend in College Station, Texas. Spires, who also nabbed first-team accolades at last year’s national meet, is the first Air Force female to garner multiple All-America honors in an indoor event at the Division I level.
Sophomore Michael Rhoads was awarded the first All-America nod of his career, as he captured second-team status in the 800-meter run. Rhoads, who finished 15th in the national semifinal with a time of 1:49.73, is the first Academy runner to collect an All-America honor at 800 meters since Jeff Kuzma finished 10th at the 1994 championship meet.
Any athlete that claimed a scoring finish (a share of first through eighth) at last weekend’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships were awarded first-team status by the USTFCCCA, while those placing ninth through 16th received second-team distinction.