Boise State runner Emma Bates, former Elk River star, placed third in the NCAA twomen’s 10000-meters at nationals Thursday in Eugene, Ore.
Bates, a redshirt sophomore, bested her own school record by nearly 13 seconds, running 33:37.13 in her appearance at historic Hayward Field. She was the top American finisher.
The third-place finish gives her first team All-American status, the first of her career. She’s had two second-team honors from previous seasons.
In just her second outdoor season, Bates ran a beautiful race, hanging around the top-10 for much of the first half. As the race continued, the field spread out with Bates staying among a group of runners who were fighting for fourth. In the final laps she was able to sit on the heels of the third-place spot, finishing with an excellent kick to overtake third on the final lap.
Bates, coached by another former Elk, Brad Wick, will compete again on Friday (June 7) in the 5000-meters, an event in which she has earned indoor and outdoor second team All-American honors.
(From Boise State web site).