Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan bettered her school record in the 1,500-meter Saturday but fell short of defending her NCAA Outdoor title by less than two-tenths of a second.
Courtesy AZCentral and Jeff Metcalf
Houlihan led almost from the start at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The senior covered a move by Mississippi State’s Rhianwedd Price with roughly 200 meters remaining and lengthened her lead. Price, a sophomore from England, charged down the stretch to win in 4 minutes, 9.53 seconds, .14 ahead of Houlihan.
Houlihan lowered her school record to 4:09.67, down from 4:10.89 in 2014. Her previous season best was 4:11.06, a Pac-12 meet record.
Less than two hours later, the Pac-12 women’s track Athlete of the Year ran another personal record 15:49.72 to finish seventh in the 5,000 in her final race as a Sun Devil.
“I can’t say enough great things about Shelby Houlihan and what she’s meant for our program,” ASU coach Greg Kraft said of the 12-time All-America. “Nothing she did today diminished her legacy at ASU, in my opinion it only enhanced it. The way she handled her disappointment and just got ready for the next race just shows you what a bright future she has as a next-level competitor. We wish her nothing but the best as she moves forward.”