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Houlihan Ranks First in World in Steeplechase

Volunteer Assistant Coach Shayla Houlihan.

Volunteer Assistant Coach Shayla Houlihan.

April 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - Shayla Houlihan, a University of Utah track and field volunteer assistant coach, currently leads the world in the 3000m steeplechase for the 2010 outdoor season. Houlihan ousted her previous personal best in the event by 26 seconds (10:03.26) she won the event at the Stanford Invitational on March 28.

Three of the top four leaders in the world are currently from the USA, and all three set their top time at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Erin Bedell is currently second in the world with a time of 10:03.81 and Kristen Hemphill is ranked third with her time of 10:08.00. Tebogo Masehla of South Africa is ranked fourth with a time of 10:10.14, which she set on Feb. 2 in Port Elizabeth.

The world record is currently owned by Gulnara Galkina (Russia) with a time of 8:58.81 set on Aug. 17, 2008 at the National Stadium in Beijing, China.

As a former Utah runner, Houlihan owns the Utah school record in the steeplechase (10.43.60). She was a member of the fourth-place distance medley relay team at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships. Houlihan was also named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic and MWC Academic All-Conference teams.

Houlihan finished her undergraduate career at the University of Northern Iowa as the school record holder in the steeplechase and also won the 8000m race at the 2007 Drake Relays. Houlihan graduated from UNI with a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching and obtained her master's of science in health promotion and education from the University of Utah in the spring of 2009.

 

 

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