Shelby Houlihan sets Iowa All-Time State Record

Shelby Houlihan sets Iowa All-Time State Mile Record


Sioux City East’s Shelby Houlihan, competing in the invitational Dream Mile of the Adidas Grand Prix Track & Field Meet in New York City on Saturday June 11, set the Iowa All-Time State High School record in the mile, finishing fourth among the top fourteen females high school milers in the nation, running 4:43.64.  The previous record was set by Dowling Catholic’s Katie Flood, finishing fifth at 4:44.51 in this same meet in 2010.


The official girls’ high school event in Iowa comparable to the mile is the 1500m.  To our knowledge, there was not official timing in the Dream Mile at 1500m, a distance 109.344 meters short of a mile.  Averaging the same pace over 1500m as Shelby ran in the mile, her 1500m time would have been 4:24.37.  Of course, because of the lesser distance, she would have been able to run slightly faster.  Even that 4:24.37 is almost four seconds faster than the official Iowa All-Time 1500m record of 4:28.30 set by Flood in the 2010 Drake Relays.  Flood’s 2010 Dream Mile time, using the same averaging, would have translated to 4:25.18.


See for a video of Shelby’s Dream Mile race.


Congratulations to Shelby Houlihan, Iowa’s greatest high school female 1500m/miler of all-time!!!




In the boys’ Dream Mile of the same meet, Chicago’s Luke Verzbicas (a transplant from Lithuania) became the fifth U.S. high school boy to run a sub-4:00 mile (only the second since 1969!!), crossing the finish line in 3:59.71,




See complete results of both races at .