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Shelby Houlihan runs away with the USA Track & Field indoor 3,000-meter championship


Feb. 15, 2020

Shelby Houlihan won the women’s 3,000 meters from in front Friday at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It’s the fifth indoor national title in the last three years for Houlihan, who trains with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club.
Houlihan, who has a ferocious kick, grabbed the lead at the start of the race in the Albuquerque Convention Center and never relinquished it en route to victory in 8 minutes, 52.03 seconds.
“I found myself in the lead on the first lap, and I didn’t really want to give it up,” Houlihan said in a post-race television interview. “I got comfortable running at that pace.”
She shifted gears on the final lap, finishing with a 29.89-second final 200.
“I knew I had a lot of strength,” Houlihan said. “I was trying to utilize that and squeeze it down.”
She was followed across the finish line by Bowerman Track Club teammates Karissa Schweizer, second in 8:53.70, and Colleen Quigley, third in 8:55.55. BTC runners Courtney Frerichs and Vanessa Fraser were fifth and sixth respectively.
Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo won the men’s 3,000, pulling away over the last two laps to finish in 8:00.14. Anthony Rotich was second in 8:01.91.
Former Western Oregon University runner David Ribich moved up late in the race to get into the mix and came across fourth in 8:03.69. The BTC’s Ryan Hill ran with the leaders much of the way before fading to 10th.
Hanna Green of Eugene-based Oregon Track Club Elite had the day’s second-fastest time of 2:02.82 in Friday qualifying for Saturday’s 800 final.
Ex-University of Oregon runner Sabrina Southerland, who also runs for OTC Elite, did not survive qualifying despite a good time of 2:04.26. Former UO star Raevyn Rogers was listed among the entries in the 800 but did not start the race.
In a back-and-forth battle in the women’s triple jump, Keturah Orji set the U.S. record with a mark of 47 feet, 10 3/4 inches with the second of her six attempts. That broke the record of 47-9 3/4 set by Tori Franklin last year.
But Franklin came back on her final attempt to bound 48-0 1/2, win the competition and reset the record.
Here are the results f rom Friday’s action at the USATF Indoor Championships.
-- Ken Goe
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