Emma Bates, former Elk, placed 12th in 5,000 meters at NCAA D-I nationals

Emma Bates, in Boise State blue and orange, ran in the NCAA-I finals for the 5,000 meters in Des Moines. (Boise State photo)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Emma Bates, Boise State freshman trackster from Elk River, placed 12th in the the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division I track meet June 9, earning All-America status.

Emma Bates

“I was really thrilled to be there,” said Bates. “I was hoping for a top 15 finish.”

Bates showed the strong finishing kick for which she was renowned at Elk River, moving from 17th to 12th place among 24 runners in the final lap at Drake University in Des Moines.  In 105-degree heat, her time 16:43.84 was 28 seconds slower than her region qualifying time. She had the highest finish among four freshmen.

Bates was a sophomore in cross country and indoor track this year but a freshman in outdoor track, having red-shirted last year.