Broncos Off to NCAA Nationals

June 8, 2015
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Five Broncos are off to Eugene, Ore., for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, June 10-13. Emma Bates, Marisa Howard and Tessa Murray will represent the Bronco women, while Jordin Andrade and David Elliott will represent the Boise State men. The top-12 finishers from the East and West Preliminary will funnel to the national stage in a 24-competitor field.

The four-day championships will feature 12 hours of television (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU) as well as an additional 25 hours on ESPN3. Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Jill Montgomery will be on the call. ESPN3 will feature ESPN3 Surround for all four days, providing additional camera coverage with an emphasis on field events.

The Bronco women are looking to better their eighth-place finish from 2014, done with the help of Emma Bates, Marisa Howard and Hayli Bozarth. The Broncos will send three women for the second-straight year, as this year Tessa Murray qualified in the 5,000m.

Redshirt senior Emma Bates heads to the 2015 NCAA National meet as the reigning 10,000m champion. She won last year's race in 32:32:35with the help ofa67.73 final lap, the second-fastest race in meet history. Bates placed third in 2013, amassing 16 points with her two top-three finishes. The last back-to-back winner was Stanford's Alicia Craig, who accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. As she did in 2014, Bates will double in running the 5,000m and 10,000m distances. Bates is one of three competitors who will double in those distances in Eugene. Sheranks third in the 5,000m (15:32.46) and fourth in the 10,000m (32:13.28) this year.

Marisa Howard returns to the national stage in the 3,000m steeplechase for the third year in a row. The 2014 NCAA runner up in the event, Howard will look to use her momentum from her two conference titles this year (3,000m steeplechase; 5,000m) to race to another podium finish. Howard is one of only two runners in the field to represent the Tri Cities, hailing from Pasco, Wash. She heads into Nationals with the 17th-fastest time in the NCAA with a 9:57.66.

Making her debut in the NCAA National meet, Tessa Murray will compete in the 5,000m run. Murray ran a time of 16:02.04 at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, slaughtering her personal best by 18 seconds. Murray was ranked No. 35 in the field of 48 heading into the race and ran to a sixth-place finish to book her trip to Nationals.

David Elliott, a junior from Bellingham, Wash., will also make his debut at NCAA National Championships. He will race the 1,500m, where this year he holds the conference title in the distance and finished third overall at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. His time of 3:42.12 at the meet was a second off his personal best, qualifying him to Eugene, Ore.

Jordin Andrade will suit up for the Blue and Orange as the only Bronco hurdler to qualify for NCAA Nationals. Andrade placed second overall at the West Preliminary Round, finishing in 49.67. He holds the ninth-fastest time in the field, running a school-record time of 49.64 at this year's Border Clash.

USTFCCCA All-America Criteria

Competitors who place 1-8 earn first-team honors. Places 9-16 earn second-team honors, while all other places or participants (must compete at the final site) who do not earn a place are named honorable mention.

Boise State Schedule (All Times PT)
Wednesday, June 10
Men's 1500m Semifinals -- David Elliott -- 4:14 p.m.
Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinals -- Jordin Andrade -- 6:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 11
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinals -- Marisa Howard -- 4:38 p.m.
Women's 10,000m Finals -- Emma Bates -- 6:38 p.m.

Friday, June 12
Men's 1500m Finals -- 4:45 p.m.
Men's 400m Hurdles Finals -- 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 13
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Finals -- 2:27 p.m.
Women's 5,000m Finals -- Emma Bates, Tessa Murray -- 4 p.m.

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