Emma Bates earns 2nd All-America finish at NCAA track with Boise State

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 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The Elk River native raced to a school record of 15:59.35 to snag her second first team All-American honor of the week. She placed third in the 10000 meters on Thursday.

Emma Bates
Emma Bates

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. Five male Broncos have done so.

Bates led the Elks to the 2009 state championship when she placed second individually. She was a five-time all-stater finish 15th, 12th, third, seventh and second in state meets.