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.