Bates Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Indoor Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- March 8, 2013 - Boise State junior Emma Bates raced in her first NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening, earning second-team All-America honors in the 5000-meters. Bates garnered the honor after a 14th-place finish at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

The Elk River, Minn., native crossed the finish in 16:08.56 while Dartmouth junior Abby D'Agostino won the event in 15:28.11. Bates held tight to the ninth position through the first half of the race, sitting within three seconds of the leader. As the runners got further into the race, the field spread out and Bates dropped to 11th near the 3000-meter mark. She fell to 14th around the 4000-meter mark and held tight to the position through the finish.

Bates was ranked seventh heading into the race with a season-best time of 15:50.78 run one week ago in Seattle.

She earned her first indoor All-America honor and second career honor, after earning outdoor honors in the 5000-meters in 2012.

Bates was the only Bronco to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. She and the Broncos will take a couple of weeks off from competition before kicking off the outdoor season March 22 and 23 at the Arizona State Invitational.

Meet results can be found at: http://www.flashresults.com/2013_Meets/indoor/03-08-NCAA/




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