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Former Sioux City East runner, Shelby Houlihan won a national title at 5000 meters


Former Sioux City runner wins USA title at 5000 meters
Jun 24, 2017

Sioux City East's Shelby Houlihan delivers National Title

By Rich Winter

From the you can do anything if you hail from the upper mid-west category, a runner that competed at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays won the 5000 meters at yesterday's United States Championships in Sacramento. 

 

Former Sioux City East product, Shelby Houlihan delivered another national title with a gritty finish to win the race with a time of 15:13.87 to turn back the charge of America record holder, Shannon Rowbury who ran a 15:14.08.

 

It's been a monstrous year for the former Arizona State Sun Devil and 2016 Olympian (5000). Houlihan won the mile and 2-mile at the USA Indoor Championships this spring.

 

On Friday night, on a warm and muggy evening in Sacramento, it looked almost to easy for Houlihan. She started in the middle of the pack, moved up into fourth position with about four laps to go. Slowly Houlihan picked off everyone and then sat on the shoulder of Molly Huddle, who had won the 10k the night before. 

 

With about 150 meters remaining, Houlihan dropped the hammer, seperated from Huddle and then held off a strong finish from Rowbury, the American Record holder at 1500 and 5000 meters. 

 

After spending some time racing in Europe, Houlihan will compete in the outdoor World Championships which start on Aug. 5 in London.

 

Hmmm, not a bad way for a gal from Sioux City to spend the summer. 


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