Track: Bates, former Elk, wins region 5,000 qualifier, will run at nationals

Former Elk athlete Emma Bates leads around the turn at the 5,000-meter national qualifier in Seattle. (Boise State photo)

Former Elk athlete Emma Bates leads around the turn at the 5,000-meter national qualifier in Seattle. (Boise State photo)

 

Emma Bates, Boise State runner from Elk River, will run the 5,000-meter event in NCAA Division I indoor track nationals Friday after winning a region qualifier last Friday.

Bates won with a personal best and school record 15:50.78 at University of Washington in Seattle. It was the first time she’s run the event this year but her time was seventh-best in the country, guaranteeing a qualifying spot (top 16) for nationals.

This will be the first indoor track nationals for Bates, a junior, but she also ran at outdoor nationals last June, placing 12th in the 5,000 meters in Des Moines.

Indoor nationals will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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