Bronco Women Take 11th at NCAA Nationals
Bates and Howard became the first Bronco duo to win All-America honors in the same year
Nov. 22, 2014

Final Results 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.-- The Boise State women's cross country team finished 11th in their first-ever appearance at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championships, paced by Emma Bates' third-place finish. The Broncos competed at Indiana State's LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Complex and claimed 392 points.

Bates remained in the lead pack for the entirety of the race, which broke off to a three-woman race at about the halfway (3,000m) mark. Iona's Kate Avery took the national title, running with a sizable lead for the majority of the race. Bates and Sarah Disanza (Wisconsin) battled for second and third positions, with Disanza taking the runner-up title with a five-second cushion. Bates finished the 6-kilometer course in 19:44.5 for third place.

Redshirt senior Marisa Howard made a statement at her first NCAA Cross Country Nationals appearance, placing 28th out of the 253 runners in a time of 20:35.8. Bates and Howard garnered All-America honors with their top-40 finishes, making Bates a 10-time All American and Howard a two-time All American.

Howard joins the ranks of Bates and Melinda Campbell (1999) as the only Bronco women to earn All-America accolades in cross country. Bates is the first Bronco, female or male, to claim All-America status twice in cross country. Bates and Howard are the second duo and first female duo to earn All-America honors in the same year in Boise State history, joining Jose Uribe and Josh Danielson (1996).

The Bronco women went in to Terre Haute ranked 11th by the USTFCCCA Division I National Coaches' Poll and finished 11th at the national championships with 392 points.

Freshman and Mountain West Women's Freshman of the Year Emma Hyyppä was the third scoring Bronco, running to a 114th finish in a time of 21:17.2. Rounding out the scoring Broncos were Tessa Murray, 147th (21:31.8); Sarah Hastings, 206th (21:59.9) and freshman Gracie Tostenson, 224th (22:14.8).

Freshman and Boise, Idaho native Andrew Rafla finished 83rd in the men's 10-kilometer championship race. The Mountain West Men's Freshman of the Year clocked in with a time of 31:26.2 for the fourth-best men's finish in Boise State history.

Colorado claimed the men's title (65 points) for the second year in a row, while Oregon's Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins finished first and second, respectively. Northern Arizona's Futsum Zienasellassie took third.

Michigan State took the women's team title with 85 points, followed by Iowa State 147 and New Mexico 188.

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