Sioux City, Iowa native Shelby Houlihan ran a personal best 15:06.14 to place second. Her previous PR was 15:02.22 at the indoor Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden Feb. 20.
Feature Photo: Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU
© Michael Scott 2016, www.miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com
This was just her third 5000 race of the season — 2nd outdoor 5000 with both occurring within span of five days at Trials .
She was among top four leaders the entire race, moving from fourth to third at 3000-meter mark…moved from third to second in last 400, running 63.89 final 400. Ran 2:15.08 for final 800.
Women’s 5000m, final
Molly Huddle, first place, 15:05.01
“I just knew I had to make it hurt for the last 1000m, and as long as I could run 70s and under for the last K, that would hurt to take the kick out of a lot of those girls.”
On dropping the 5000m:
“I’m like ninety-nine percent sure. I’ll think about it one more day, but I’m almost positive I won’t be running it.”
Shelby Houlihan, second place, 15:06.14
“Going into the race I said ‘let’s go, I’m going to stick on Emily like I do everyday’, I moved into second on the last lap and I wasn’t going to give that up. It didn’t matter, if I had to run a 29 second last 200m I would have. I’m really glad I was able to stick it out and get second. This is really cool.”
“I started running when I was five years old and ever since I’ve wanted to be an Olympian and when I crossed that line and it happened I was overcome with emotion.
Kim Conley, third place, 15:10.62
“Even though I knew Molly (Huddle) was probably going to drop the 5,000 for Rio, I wanted to get in the top three. My heart was set this year on the 10k, but I felt like I turned the page really well.” (Conley dropped out of the 10,000 final with four laps remaining after having to put her shoe back on early in the race.)
Comparing today’s race to her photo-finish third in 2012:
“It was nothing like ‘12, but I think I leaned a little at the line, just to be sure.”