Shelby Houlihan

Birthday: 02/08/93 Mile PR: 4:23.0 (road) - 2016
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:03.39 - 2016
High School: East HS
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
College: Arizona State University '15
Current Residence: Portland, OR

Team: Bowerman Track Club

Rising star Shelby Houlihan won her first national title as a professional at the 2017 USA Outdoor Championships, winning the 5000 meters in 15:13.87, besting fellow U.S. Olympians Shannon Rowbury and Molly Huddle.

Houlihan also made her first Olympic team in the 5000 meters, Rio 2016, while continuing her success in the middle-distances as well. As a collegiate runner at Arizona State University, Shelby won the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship 1500m title in 4:18.10 and followed with a runner-up finish in the 1500m at the 2015 NCAAs. While competing for the Sun Devils, Shelby was a 12-time All-American and set school records for 800m, 1500m, Mile and 3000m. After graduating from ASU in 2015, Shelby joined the Nike's Bowerman Track Club to be coached by Jerry Schumacher.

In her first professional outdoor track season, Shelby set a personal record 1500m time of 4:03.39 at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic, finishing 7th overall and 2nd American in a world class field. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, she went on to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in the 5000m and placed 11th in the Olympic 5000m later that summer. Following her Rio run, Shelby dropped back down in distance to place 6th at the Fifth Avenue Mile, with a peronal best Mile time of 4:23.0.

In 2017, Houlihan won the Mile at the BU Valentine Invitational in an indoor personal record, clocking 4 minutes, 24.16 seconds, which ranks in the top 30 all-time indoors (and #6 American woman all-time). She capped-off an impressive indoor season in March, by becoming a double national champion, winning the USA Indoor Mile and 2 Mile titles on back-to-back nights in Albuquerque.



Simpson, Houlihan lead parade of Olympians headed to Drake Relays

April 14, 2017

Iowa natives part of "one of the best women’s 1500 meter fields we’ve ever assembled.”

By Cody Goodwin, The Des Moines Register

A slew of local athletes and plenty of Olympians will make their way to Des Moines in just a couple of weeks.

New Drake Relays director Blake Boldon said on...

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Houlihan enjoying pro career

March 08, 2017

Sioux City native and rising star convincingly wins two USA Indoor titles: Mile & 2 Mile

By Terry Hersom, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- Less than a month past her 24th birthday, Shelby Houlihan is clearly to Sioux City women’s track & field what Kirk Hinrich became to local basketball.

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LetsRun Previews USA Indoor Mile Championship Fields

March 04, 2017

Merber, Blankenship, Gregorek, Soratos top men; Houlihan, Quigley, Schneider, Kampf lead women in Albuquerque


For the pros, this weekend represents the end of the 2017 indoor track & field season (the collegians wrap up a week later at NCAA Indoors). With no World Indoor...

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Will Another Former Iowa Prep Win the NCAA 1500 Meter Title?

April 08, 2013

By Next Level People

Sioux City East and Arizona State standout Shelby Houlihan has made a significant statement during her sophomore season this year. She was an All-American in cross country with a 31st place finish in the fall. She won the Mile at the MPSF meet (Pac-12’s Indoor...

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