Personal-Best Times -- 5000m: 14:36.63 | 10,000m: 29:46.30
JUNIOR YEAR | 2016: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional championships...posted a personal-best 8K time of 24:50.0 to finish 25th at the Mountain West Championships...recorded top-20 finishes at the Rocky Mountain Shootout (16th, 26:23.5) and Woody Greeno Invitational (19th, 26:26.3)...ran first 10K at the NCAA Mountain Regional, finishing 52nd with a time of 32:16.9...clocked a personal-best 5K time of 15:34.7 to finish 36th in the season-opening Colorado State Invitational.
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...majoring in political science...future plans include becoming an intelligence officer...serving as Spirit Officer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...unofficial dietician of the cross country team...named to the Dean's List and Athletic Director's List...member of the "500 Club" for earning a perfect score on the AFT...hobbies include shopping at Farmers Markets, counting calories, rock climbing, watching documentaries about plants and animals, hiking and foraging the local woods...spent three summers learning Arabic through the Naval Academy's Summer Programs while in high school...loves cats (including his own cat, Jasper) and dogs (including his own dog, Riley)...spent the summer walking through the woods, climbing rock walls, flying planes through the Rocky Mountains and swimming in the ocean, all in search for "the finest fruits and vegetables our green earth has to offer"...member of Cadet Squadron 21.
COACH COLE ON JIMMY: "Jimmy really embodies what we are about as a distance program. He’s someone that didn’t start out at the top. He paid his dues, had setbacks, stayed persistent and has developed from an un-recruited walk-on to one of the top guys on our team. If every person in our program follows the example Jimmy has set over his career, we would be one of the best programs in the NCAA. But following the example Jimmy has set isn’t easy. And that’s what makes Jimmy special."