Three Broncos Prep for Nationals

June 9, 2014

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Three Broncos will travel to Eugene, Ore. this week and compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Emma Bates will run in the 5,000m and the 10,000m, Marisa Howard will run in the 3,000m steeplechase and Hayli Bozarth will compete in the hammer throw.

Athletes qualified to nationals through placing in the top-12 of their respective events at either the East or West Preliminary Championships. In total, 24 competitors (12 from each preliminary) will be competing in each event at nationals.

The heptathlon and decathlon events were not contested at the preliminary championships competition. Qualification to the championships in these two events is accomplished through a competitor's position on the national descending order list. The top-24 declared student-athletes in each of these two events will be accepted into the national championships

All three Boise State competitors enter the championships with top-ten rankings in their respective events: Bates is No. 7 in the 5,000m and No. 2 in the 10,000m, Howard is No. 8 in the 3,000m steeplechase and Bozarth is No. 9 in the hammer throw. Bates will be making her third-career trip to the outdoor championships, Howard will be making her second and Bozarth will be making her first.

Emma Bates
The redshirt junior from Elk River, Minn., is already the most decorated track and field athlete in school history. With seven combined All-American honors in track and field and cross country, Bates is just ahead of thrower Jarred Rome (1997-2000) and jumper Ryan Grinnell (2008-2009) who both have six.

At last year’s championships, Bates took third in the 10,000m with a 33:37.13 and seventh in the 5,000m with a 15:59.35. She ran the 12th-fastest 10,000m time in collegiate history earlier this year at the Payton Jordan Invite (32:20.83). That 10,000m time along with a 15:33.42 in the 5,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays are both MW all-time and school records.

Hayli Bozarth
The redshirt senior from Norton, Kan., has provided a huge lift to the Boise State throws’ team since transferring to the Broncos from Iowa State at the semester. She won the MW title in the hammer throw earlier this year and took seventh place two weekends ago at the West Preliminaries.

In just one season, Bozarth has set school records in both the hammer throw and the shot put. She set the hammer throw record (212-7 / 64.79m) and the shot put record (52-6 / 16.07m) at the MW Championships. She will use four top-three finishes from this past outdoor season as momentum to try and capture what would be her first All-American honor of career.

Marisa Howard
The redshirt junior from Pasco, Wash., will look to improve on her 19th-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase at nationals last year. She is coming off back-to-back MW titles in the 3,000m steeplechase, and also took second in the 5,000m at the MW Championships.

Howard has been on the cusp of breaking the ten minute mark all season. She ran a 10:00.79 and reset the school record at the Payton Jordan Invite in May. Two weekends ago she approached that mark again and recorded a 10:07.57 and snagged fifth place at the West Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark.

Below are the three Broncos’ events, rounds, start times and season-bests headed into the NCAA Championships.

(All times are PACIFIC)
(**) – a qualifying place/time is needed to reach this round

Emma Bates
June 12 (Thurs) – 10,000m, Final – 7:15 p.m. (#2 – 32:20.83)

June 14 (Sat) – 5,000m, Final – 3:24 p.m. (#7 – 15:33.42)

Hayli Bozarth
June 11 (Wed) – Hammer Throw, Trials/Final – 1:30 p.m. (#9 – 212’-7’’ / 64.79m)

Marisa Howard
June 11 (Wed) – 3,000m Steeplechase, Semifinal – 6:45 p.m. (#8 – 10:00.79)
June 13 (Fri) (**) – 3,000m Steeplechase, Final – 5:35 p.m. (#8 –10:00.79)

ESPN3 and ESPNU have exclusive rights for the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Along with all four days being shown on Watch ESPN, the network broadcast schedule is below

(All times are PACIFIC)

June 11 (Wed)
4 p.m. – 8 p.m. –

June 12 (Thurs)
3:55 p.m. – 8 p.m. –

June 13 (Fri)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – ESPNU

June 14 (Sat)
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – ESPNU

Individual one-day tickets range from $12-$27 on Wednesday and Thursday. The price will go up on Friday and Saturday to $17-$37.

All-session tickets range from $48-$103, but are good for all four days of competition.

You can click HERE to buy tickets online.

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