2018 Women’s 1500/Mile World Rankings

U.S. Athlete Of The Year Shelby Houlihan scored the first of her 2 DL wins over Laura Muir at the Prefontaine Classic. (VICTOR SAILER/PHOTO RUN)

A TALE OF 2 SEASONS. Shelby Houlihan started her campaign with 4 wins and finished with 2 losses. Conversely, Laura Muir started with 4 losses and finished with 2 wins. Along the way, they met 3 times, all in DL competition, the American winning Eugene by 0.24 and Lausanne by 0.84, Muir winning Brussels by 0.45. Houlihan was 2nd in both her losses, while Muir had a trio of 2nds and a damning 5th in hers. Outside the DL sequence, Houlihan had to beat No. 6 Jenny Simpson for the USATF title and Muir had to beat No. 10 Sofia Ennaoui for the Euro crown. All of which added up to a narrow win for Houlihan in her debut year in the Rankings…

SIMPSON RATES for the seventh straight year, the best string ever by an American (overall, Shannon Rowbury has the highest overall total at 8). Simpson picked up enough points to tie Rowbury as the event’s highest American scorer ever, at 47. That puts them at =No. 6 in all-time world scoring. Rowbury was out on maternity leave this year.

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1. SHELBY HOULIHAN (US) (2/08/93, 5-3/119) (1.60/54)
4:06.07 1)Azusa 4/20
3:59.06 1)Eugene DL 5/26
4:05.48 1)USATF 6/23
(4:14.79h)
3:57.34 1)Lausanne DL 7/05
3:58.94 2)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir
4:16.36 2)Cont Cup 9/08 1. Chebet
(4:13.07Ai, 4:06.21i, 4:11.93i)
2. LAURA MUIR (Great Britain) (5/09/93, 5-3¾/119) (1.62/54)
3:59.30 2)Eugene DL 5/26 1. Houlihan
3:58.53 2)Stockholm DL 6/10 1. Tsegay
3:58.18 2)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan
4:19.28y 5)London DL 7/22 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Obiri; 4. Simpson
(4:00.68)
4:02.32 1)European Ch 8/12
(4:09.12h)
3:58.49 1)Brussels DL 8/31
(4:05.37i, 4:06.54i, 4:06.23i)
3. SIFAN HASSAN (Netherlands) (1/01/93, 5-7/108) (1.70/49)
3:58.39 3)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir
4:14.71y 1)London DL 7/22
(3:57.41)
4:00.60 1)Birmingham DL 8/18
3:59.41 3)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan
(4:05.46i, 4:07.26i)
4. GUDAF TSEGAY (Ethiopia) (1/23/97, 5-2½/99) (1.59/45)
4:01.81 6)Doha DL 5/04 1. Semenya; 2. Jepkosgei; 3. Alemu; 4. Sado; 5. Teshale
3:57.64 1)Stockholm DL 6/10
4:02.45 1)Ostrava IWC 6/13
3:59.60 1)Madrid IWC 6/22
3:59.07 4)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Hassan
4:16.14y 2)London DL 7/22 1. Hassan
(3:59.09)
4:01.03 2)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Hassan
3:59.68 4)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan
(4:05.91i)
5. RABAB ARRAFI (Morocco) (1/12/91, 5-9¾/141) (1.77/64)
4:03.69 7)Doha DL 5/04 1. Semenya; 2. Jepkosgei; 3. Alemu; 4. Sado; 5. Teshale;
6. Tsegay
3:59.51 4)Eugene DL 5/26 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Simpson
4:00.28 3)Stockholm DL 6/10 1. Tsegay; 2. Muir
4:12.83 1)Medit G 6/30
3:59.15 5)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay
4:14.12 2)Afr Ch 8/03 1. Chebet
4:03.82 8)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Embaye;
6. Chebet; 7. Ennaoui
(4:08.47i, 4:07.23i, 4:04.76i, 4:06.12i, 4:14.94i)
6. JENNY SIMPSON (US) (8/23/86, 5-5/110) (1.65/50)
3:59.37 3)Eugene DL 5/26 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir
4:25.71y 1)Hengelo IWC 6/03
4:00.34 4)Stockholm DL 6/10 1. Tsegay; 2. Muir; 3. Arrafi
4:06.21 2)USATF 6/23 1. Houlihan
(4:07.67h)
4:17.30y 4)London DL 7/22 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Obiri
(4:00.01)
4:04.57 10)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Embaye;
6. Chebet; 7. Ennaoui; 8. Arrafi; 9. Weightman
7. CASTER SEMENYA (South Africa) (1/07/91, 5-7/141) (1.70/64)
4:23.36(A) 1)Pretoria 2/03
4:10.68(A) 1)SA Ch 3/16
4:02.50 1)Paarl 3/22
4:00.71 1)Comm G 4/10
(4:05.86h)
3:59.92 1)Doha DL 5/04
4:00.44 6)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Arrafi
8. WINNY CHEBET (Kenya) (12/20/90, 5-5/110) (1.65/50)
4:06.25(A) 2)Nairobi 2/17 1. Chepkoech
4:20.67 9h)Comm G 4/09 1. Chepkoech; 2. Nanyondo; 3. Hall; 4. Twell; 5. McDonald;
6. Stafford; 7. Evangelidou; 8. Buckman
4:05.76 10)Doha DL 5/04 1. Semenya; 2. Jepkosgei; 3. Alemu; 4. Sado; 5. Teshale;
6. Tsegay; 7. Arrafi; 8. Kiyeng; 9. Sum
4:00.60 5)Eugene DL 5/26 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Simpson; 4. Arrafi
4:09.69(A) 1)Ken Ch 6/23
4:06.10 9)Lausanne DL 7/05 1. Houlihan; 2. Muir; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Arrafi;
6. Semenya; 7. Weightman; 8. McColgan
4:20.51y 7)London DL 7/22 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Obiri; 4. Simpson; 5. Muir;
6. Weightman
(4:03.53)
4:14.02 1)Afr Ch 8/03
4:03.64 6)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Ennaoui; 4. Embaye; 5. McDonald
4:03.37 6)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Embaye
4:16.01 1)Cont Cup 9/08
(4:09.45i, 4:07.86i, 4:08.33i, 4:05.81i)
9. AXUMAWIT EMBAYE (Ethiopia) (10/18/94, 5-3/110) (1.60/50)
4:19.61 3)Djibouti 3/30 1. Cheluke; 2. Shume
4:14.6(A) 2)Eth Ch 4/22 1. Sado
4:04.90 2)Chorzów 6/08 1. Dibaba
dnf )Ostrava IWC 6/13 1. Tsegay; 2. McDonald; 3. Vrzalova 4. Ennaoui; 5. Jepkosgei; 6. Fantu;
7. Mezulianikova; 8. Magnani; 9. Judd; 10. Maki; 11. Plis;
12. Krause; 13. Busienei; 14. A. Dibaba
4:02.44 4)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Ennaoui
4:02.75 5)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay
(4:08.81i, 4:07.40i, 4:05.64i, 4:07.06i)
10. SOFIA ENNAOUI (Poland) (8/30/95, 5-2¼/88) (1.58/40)
4:07.04 4)Chorzów 6/08 1. Dibaba; 2. Embaye; 3. Sujew
4:05.06 4)Ostrava IWC 6/13 1. Tsegay; 2. McDonald; 3. Vrzalova
4:02.93 2)Madrid IWC 6/22 1. Tsegay
4:28.37y 2)Gyulai M 7/02 1. Dibaba
(4:12.86)
4:07.66 1)World Cup 7/14
4:13.32 1)Pol Ch 7/20
4:23.34y 12)London DL 7/22 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay; 3. Obiri; 4. Simpson; 5. Muir;
6. Weightman; 7. Chebet; 8. Grace; 9. McDonald; 10. Hall;
11. Vrzalova
(4:06.01)
4:03.08 2)European Ch 8/12 1. Muir
(4:08.60h)
4:02.06 3)Birmingham DL 8/18 1. Hassan; 2. Tsegay
4:03.28 2)Chorzów 8/22 1. Quigley
4:03.49 7)Brussels DL 8/31 1. Muir; 2. Houlihan; 3. Hassan; 4. Tsegay; 5. Embaye;
6. Chebet
4:38.58 1)Ostróda 9/22
(4:15.63i, 4:08.70i, 4:12.34i, 4:10.63i, 4:10.44i)
U.S. RANKINGS
1. *Shelby Houlihan (Bowerman TC) 6. Rachel Schneider (Under Armour)
1)Eugene DL, 1)USATF, 2)Brussels DL 4)USATF, 2)World Cup, 1)Falmouth
2. *Jenny Simpson (New Balance) 7. Dani Jones (unattached)
3)Eugene DL, 2)USATF, 4)London DL 1B)Eugene DL, 3)Portland, 5)USATF
3. Kate Grace (Bowerman TC) 8. Ajee’ Wilson (adidas)
11)Eugene DL, 3)USATF, 8)London DL 1)Temple, 3)Penn Relays, 1)Swarthmore
4. Colleen Quigley (Bowerman TC) 9. Charlene Lipsey (adidas)
2)Clay Invitational, 1)Chorzów 1)Penn Relays, 2) Swarthmore, 1)Sir Walter Miler
5. Brenda Martinez (New Balance) 10. Elinor Purrier (New Hampshire)
7)Eugene DL, 11)Stockholm DL, dnf)USATF 7)NCAA, 6)USATF, 1)Lignano

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