June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – Boise State redshirt sophomore Emma Bates earned her second All-American honor in three days, Friday, when she placed seventh in the 5000-meters of the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Elk River, Minn., native raced to a school record of 15:59.35 to snag her second first team All-American honor of the week.
Bates spent much of the race in a pack of runners, hanging around the ninth-place spot. Using great race strategy, she surged in the final 800-meters, making a move up to seventh-place and improving upon her pre-meet ranking of ninth.
Her two All-American honors earned in the meet mark her third and fourth career nods, joining her second team honors in the 5000-meters at the 2012 outdoor and 2013 indoor championships.
She becomes the first female in Bronco track and field history to earn two All-American honors in the same meet. She becomes the sixth member of the track and field program, joining men's team members Steven Muse (1987 & 1988), Cory Nelsen (1999), Mark Homeier (2000), Jarred Rome (2000) and Ryan Grinnell (2008 indoor and outdoor).
The NCAA Championship meet will continue Saturday with a full day of finals. Bates was the final Bronco to participate in the meet after her teammates Daveon Collins, Matt Post and Marisa VanderMalle all competed Thursday.
Live results of the competition are available.
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