Personal-Best Times – 5000m: 15:06.93
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2015: Competed in three meets...clocked a career-best 8K time of 26:26.1 to finish 35th out of 233 runners at the Woody Greeno Invitational...also placed 35th at the Rocky Mountain Shootout (26:50.2)...opened the season with a 5K time of 16:02.5 at the Colorado State Invitational (63rd).
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2014: Ran at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, clocking an 8K time of 27:33.00 to finish 54th.
HIGH SCHOOL: Severna Park High School...finished fourth at the 2013 Maryland 4A Cross Country State Championships...earned third-team Nike Cross North East Region honors, after placing 17th at the National Qualifier...finished fourth in the 3200-meter run at the state outdoor track and field championship in 2013...served as an officer in the National Honor Society...AP Scholar.
PERSONAL: Full name is James Melvin Shipley...goes by Jimmy...nickname is “McFly”...son of Roger and Janice Shipley...has one older brother, Robert...majoring in political science...future plans include working in the intelligence field...served as Element Leader and Range Safety Officer...named to the Athletic Director’s List...member of the “500 Club” for earning a perfect score on the AFT...hobbies include amateur neck wrestling, price haggling and street bargaining, Arabian street soccer and dancing...spent three summers learning Arabic through the Naval Academy’s Summer Programs while in high school...loves cats, including his own cat, Jasper...spoke Arabic in the streets of Rabat over the summer, as a part of the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program...also instructed in the shooting of M-9 pistols as the Range Safety Officer during CATM and ate barbeque in St. Louis and Memphis on the same day...loves dogs, including his own dog, Riley...sole creator and owner of the phrase “call my dad”...member of Cadet Squadron 21.
COACH COLE ON JIMMY: Jimmy is a grinder and someone that enjoys the process of building himself as a distance runner. After a setback last year, Jimmy has become much more experienced at what he can and can’t do in his training and has made substantial headway for the upcoming season. More of a long-distance runner, cross country is a season that is a natural fit with his abilities and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do this fall.