The Sioux City Planning and Zoning Committee recently announced the naming of a stretch of road near East Sioux City High School in honor of Olympian and National Champion, Shelby Houlihan. Ian Richardson of The Sioux City Journal made the announcement .
Olympic runner Shelby Houlihan could soon have a street named in her honor in her hometown of Sioux City.
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A proposal on next week’s Planning and Zoning Commission agenda would re-title an existing stretch of Lincoln Way near East High School “Houlihan Run” after the 24-year-old East High alumna, who placed 11th in the 5,000 meters during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games.
Mayor Bob Scott, who put forth the proposal, said he had heard interest in the community and believed the city’s first female Olympics track runner deserved the recognition.
“I think our community rallied around her, and I think the community will get behind this,” the mayor told the Journal. “You have very few Olympic runners (from Sioux City). … If we have 10 more, we ought to find 10 more streets.”
Houlihan, a track standout at East High and Arizona State University, followed her Olympic performance by winning the 5,000 at the 2017 USA Outdoor track and Field Championships in June, qualifying for the world championships in London later this summer.