Howard Places Fourth in 3,000m Steeplechase at Nationals
Marisa Howard
June 13, 2015

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EUGENE, Ore.,--The Boise State women's trio of Marisa Howard, Emma Bates and Tessa Murray closed out the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. Marisa Howard captured a fourth-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase earning first team All-America honors in the event. Emma Bates and Tessa Murray collected second team All-America nods in the 5,000m, with their ninth and 15th-place respective finishes. All of Boise State's five national qualifiers (Jordin Andrade, David Elliott; Emma Bates, Marisa Howard, Tessa Murray) were named All-Americans throughout the course of the four-day championships.

Howard entered the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday afternoon as the 2014 NCAA Runner-up in the event. She remained in the lead pack throughout the fast, seven-and-a-half lap race and pushed as two leaders started breaking off. Howard claimed a personal best of 9:37.84 for fourth in stunning effort, lowering the Boise State and Mountain West records in the process. Howard now claims three All-America honors to cap her Bronco career (3,000m steeplechase-2014, cross country-2014, 3,000m steeplechase-2015). She grabbed five points for the Bronco women with her fourth-place finish, sending the Boise State women tied for No. 48 in the overall team standings.

Emma Bates and Tessa Murray raced in the women's 5,000m finals on Saturday evening. Bates maintained her position about halfway in the pack of 24 for the majority of the race. Murray, who qualified into the finals with an 18-second personal best in the West Preliminaries, fought her way into the top two-thirds of the pack of runners. Bates improved her positioning and finished ninth in 15:56.72 for second team All-America honors. Bates finishes her Boise State career with 12 All-America accolades. Murray claimed a 15th-place finish in 16:14.95, picking up second team All-America honors. This is Murray's first All-America nod of her career.

Though the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships concluded at Hayward Field, many of the Bronco student-athletes will return to Eugene, Ore., in two weeks for the USATF Outdoor Championships, June 25-28.

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