Bates Named MW Athlete of the Year
July 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. - Former Boise State athlete Emma Bates has been named the 2014-15 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year after earning three All-America honors between cross country and track and field this past year. After winning the same award last year, Bates becomes the first back-to-back Mountain West Athlete of the Year in conference history.

Bates began the year by winning the Mountain West Cross Country Championship after clocking a time 19:37.3 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. With the win, Bates earned her second-consecutive Mountain West Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year award, making her the conference's first two-time winner.

After taking second at the Mountain West Championships as a team, Bates guided the Broncos to a runner-up finish at the NCAA West Regionals, sending the Boise State women's team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in school history. Individually Bates took second place (19:34.2) to nab West All-Region honors.

Bates went to on finish third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships after running a 19:44.5, giving her All-America honors for the second-straight year.

After not competing during the indoor track and field season, Bates opened the outdoor slate at the Stanford Invitational where she ran a 15:32.46 in the 5,000m, resetting both the school and Mountain West records in the process. A couple weeks later she competed in the 1,500m at the Mt. SAC Relays and clocked a 4:16.37 to give her the Boise State record and the fourth-fastest time in Mountain West history.

The Elk River, Minn., native then competed at the Payton Jordan Invitational in the 10,000m where she recorded a 32:14.28 and shattered her previous records to once again reset the school and Mountain West record books.

After finishing fourth in the 1,500m at the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Bates qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m for the second-straight year.

There, she took 10th in the 10,000m (33:50.14) and then ninth in the 5,000m (15:56.72), giving her the 11th and 12th All-America accolades of her storied Boise State career.

The 2014 Outdoor Track and Field 10,000m National Champion finishes her career with nine individual Mountain West Championships between cross country and track and field. The 12-time All-American leaves Boise State with the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field records in the 10,000m and the 5,000m, and the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field record in the 5,000m (15:50.78).

Garrett Grayson - a former Colorado State football player - was named the Mountain West Athlete of the Year on the men's side.

YEAR MALE FEMALE
2009-10 Jerry Hughes (football) TCU Jodi Ewart (golf) New Mexico
2010-11 Jimmer Fredette (basketball) BYU Danielle Minch (volleyball) Colorado State
2011-12 Kurt Felix (track and field) Boise State Whitney Gipson (track and field) TCU
2012-13 DJ Peterson (baseball) New Mexico Shanieka Thomas (track and field) San Diego State
2013-14 Derek Carr (football) Fresno State Emma Bates (cross country/track and field) Boise State
2014-15 Garrett Grayson (football) Colorado State Emma Bates (cross country/track and field) Boise State

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