Bates Earns NCAA Runner-Up Honor
Jeff Howard

Nov. 23, 2013

Final Results

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Boise State’s Emma Bates raced to an NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country runner-up finish Saturday morning at Indiana State’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Complex. Bates’, a redshirt junior, finished just three seconds behind senior Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth, clocking 20:03.9 on the 6-kilometer course. 

Bates becomes Boise State’s highest NCAA Cross Country Championship finisher, bettering Jose Uribe’s 1996 finish of 12th. The highest Bronco women’s cross country finish came in 1998 from Melinda Campbell (19th).

The Elk River, Minn., native also becomes the seventh Bronco in school history to earn eight NCAA runner-up titles across all sports. She joins an elite group of Broncos becoming the 15th to earn a top-two individual finish at an NCAA Championship, as well as joining Eleni Kafourou (indoor long jump champion; 2009) as the only Bronco women to earn top-two spots at an NCAA championship.

With her second-place finish Bates collects her fifth U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America honor, adding to her three outdoor and one indoor nods from the 2012 and 2013 track and field seasons.  

After redshirting the 2012 cross country season Bates returned in 2013 to earn four wins and two runner-up titles in as many meets. She went nearly undefeated by a collegian this season, falling only to D’Agostino, Saturday.

Bates and D’Agostino ran the first 4000-meters of the Saturday’s race at the front of the chase pack that was following Iona’s Kate Avery, a sophomore who led significantly from the start of the race. The duo worked to close the lead and overtook Avery near the 5000-meter mark where D’Agostino picked up the pace and Bates hung back to fight for second-place. D’Agostino, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, held on to a solid lead in the final 1000-meters, clocking a time of 20:00.3 for the win, while Bates ran 20:03.9 and Avery 20:05.4 to place second and third, respectively, in the 253-runner field.

Although Bates ran her second-fastest 6-kilometer time of her career, the mark will not stand for any records as the course had to be shortened by 115-meters at the start due to flooding of the start boxes.

Teammate Jeff Howard dealt with the same shortened start in the men’s 10-kilometer race. The redshirt senior raced in his first NCAA championship and final cross country meet of his career, placing 152nd out of 253 runners, clocking a time of 31:48.5 on the wet and muddy course.

Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek came away with the upset win in the men’s race, clocking 29:41.1 after an outstanding kick past Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka in the final 2000-meters of the race.

Colorado captured the men’s team title with 149-points, while Northern Arizona placed second with 169-points and Oklahoma State placed third with 230-points.

Providence won the women’s title scoring 141-points, with Arizona (197-points) and Butler (200-points) placing second and third, respectively.

Full team and individual results can be found at:

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