SIOUX CITY | Olympic runner Shelby Houlihan could soon have a street named in her honor in her hometown of Sioux City. 

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.  

The stretch of roadway proposed to bear her last name spans about two-fifths of a mile between South Lakeport Street and Sergeant Road, traveling to the east of Lakeport Commons Shopping Center and to the west of Nodland Elementary and East High, her alma mater.

Senior planner Chris Madsen said the renaming will also help clear up past confusion resulting from Sergeant Road's two intersections with Lincoln Way, which has been a concern of the Woodbury County Communications Center.

The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday will vote whether to advance the proposal. If it passes, the item will go before the City Council Aug. 7.  

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