DOHA, Qatar — A trio of Iowans placed well Saturday at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Qatar.
The strong showings were highlighted by Shelby Houlihan’s record-setting performance.
Houlihan, a Sioux City native, finished fourth place in the women’s final of the 1,500 meter run and set the new American record with a time of 3:54.99. In the same race, Webster City native Jenny Simpson finished eighth place in 3:58.42.
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Dowling Catholic graduate Karissa Schweizer competed in the 5,000 meter run final Saturday. Schweizer stuck with the lead pack for half the race but eventually fell back to finish in ninth place. Her time of 14:45.18 moved her up to #5 on the all-time U.S. list. The American women’s 5,000 meter record is held by Houlihan.
Other Iowa connections at the World Championships:
Stanley Kebenei, who ran at Iowa Central CC from 2011-13, finished tenth place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase final.
Former Iowa Central CC thrower Brian Williams competed in the men’s discus but did not reach the finals for the event.