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Shelby Houlihan
Position: Mid-Distance
Height: 5'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
High School: East HS

Career Overview: 

  • Set a new school record in the 800m with a personal best 2:01.12 at the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships.

  • Finished first in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships with a 4:18.10, which is the first national title of her Sun Devil career and the first-ever title in this event in program history.

  • Placed first in the 5000m at the Pac-12 Championships with a career best 16:11.63, which is good for seventh in school history. 

  • Placed first in the 1500m at the Pac-12 Championships (4:25.67).

  • Had a breakout season as a true freshman claiming her reputation as a top Pac-12 competitor.

  • Named the 2012 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year for both cross country and track which made her the first student-athlete in Pac-12 history to earn both the cross country and track and field Newcomer of the Year honors since the conference began awarding both in 2000.

  • Became the third Sun Devil to be honored as Newcomer of the Year behind Jacquelyn Johnson in 2003 and Charonda Williams in 2008 tying Arizona State for the highest total of Newcomers of Year in Pac-12 history with UCLA and USC.

  • Set freshmen records in both the 800m and 1500m.

  • Blew away the previously held school record for the indoor mile with a time of 4:39.56.

  • Was favored to advance to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, before an untimely fall at the NCAA West Preliminary knocked her from contention.

2014 Outdoor:

  • Set a new school record in the 800m with a personal best 2:01.12 at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

  • Finished first in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships with a 4:18.10, which is the first national title of her Sun Devil career and the first-ever title in this event in program history.

  • Placed first in the 5000m at the Pac-12 Championships with a career best 16:11.63, which is good for seventh in school history. 

  • Placed first in the 1500m at the Pac-12 Championships (4:25.67). 

  • Finished first in the 1500m at the Sun Angel Classic with a career best 4:13.56.

  • Placed tenth in the 800m at the Mt. Sac Relays with a career best 2:02.96.

2014 Indoor:

  • Placed third in the mile at the NCAA Championships with a career best 4:33.04, which is good for first in school history. 

  • Placed fifth in the 3000m at the Husky Classic with a career best 9:05.86, which also ranks first in school history.

2013 Outdoor: 

  • Placed Seventh in the 1500M at the NCAA Division 1 National Championships with a time of 4:14.95.

  • Competed in the 1500M; Placed First in the 1500M at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships with a time of 4:14.84.

  • Placed second in the 5000M at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships while recording a personal best time of 16:15.85 which is good for eighth in School History.

  • Recorded a Personal Best time of 4:13.64 in the 1500M which is the Best time in School history at the 34th Sun Angel Classic.

  • Finished First in the 800M and 4x4 at the 2013 ASU Invitational.

2013 Indoor:

  • Competed in the 800M at the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships.

  • Finished First at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships in the Mile with a time of 4:42.32.

  • Finished Second at the UW Husky Classic in the 800M.

  • Finished First at the Texas A&M Challenge Presented by Mondo America in the 800M.

2012 Outdoor: 

  • A member of the 4x400m relay representing the Sun Devils.

  • Ran a 2:05.52 her first Pac-12 Championships in the 800m to place fourth overall in a race in which the top five were separated by less than half a second.

  • Set her career fastest times in the 800m and 1500m at home; her 2:03.85 in the 800m during the 33rd Sun Angel Classic snagged her a sixth place spot (the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA the 2012 season and the third-fastest junior time in the country as well) while her 4:22.95 in the 1500m at the Arizona State Invitational placed her fifth.

  • Took first place in her first 800m race of the season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational with a time of 2:09.38.

2012 Indoor:

  • Clocked the third-fastest 800-meter indoor time in school history at 2:07.58 at the Texas A&M Challenge to grab the third place spot.

  • Finished seventh in the DMR at the MPSF Championships with a time of 11:22.06.

  • Set the school record for the indoor mile with a time of 4:39.56 at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational. 

High School: 

  • A 2011 graduate of East High School (Sioux City, Iowa).

  • Lettered four times each in cross country and track & field.

  • Captured four state titles a senior, opening with the 2010 cross country championship (the first athlete from the Sioux City Metro area to ever win the race).

  • On the outdoor track, added state crowns in the 400m dash, 800m run and 1,500m run.


  • Ranked among the Top 20 nationally as a senior in four events, including the Top 10 in two events.

  • Ranked No. 4 in the mile (4:43.64), No. 9 in the 800m run (2:07.35) and No. 12 in the 1,500m (4:26.39).

  • Clocked a time of 9:56.71 in the 3,000m run to post the No. 19 time in the U.S.

  • Finished fifth at the USA Junior Championships in the 1,500m run.

  • Won eight Drake Relays crowns, including three in the 800m, two in the 1,500m, one in the 3,000m and one each in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.

  • Named the Drake Relays Outstanding Female High School Performer after becoming the first high school female athlete to win three individual events in one year.

  • Holds three state records in individual events and two more in relays.

  • Holds the mark in the 800m (2:07.35), 1,500m (4:26.39) and Mile (4:43.64) and as a member of the 4x400m (3:48.39) and Distance Medley (4:00.39/200m-200m-400m-800m) relays.

  • Twice named National Scholastic Sports Foundation All-American.

  • Named the 2010-11 Gatorade Iowa Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

  • Also was the 2010 Gatorade/ESPN Rise Iowa Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

  • 2011 Sioux City Journal Metro Female Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Major is in computer science ... Parents are Robert and Connie Houlihan ... Has six siblings: brother Rob Houlihan and sisters Kelly Leonard, Ryann Johnson, Shayla Houlihan, Chloe Houlihan and Callie Houlihan ... Born February 8 ... Hobbies include running, playing video games and watching TV ... Full name is Shelby Christine Prince Houlihan.

Personal Bests • 800: 2:02.63 • 1500: 4:13.56 • Mile: 4:33.04 • 5000: 16:11.63

In NCAA Championship Meets

2014 OTF: 1500m (f) 4:18.10: 1st

2014 ITF:  mile (f) 4:33.04: 3rd

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