Emma Bates Named USTFCCCA West Regional Athlete of the Year
Emma Bates

Nov. 19, 2013

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State redshirt junior Emma Bates was named the 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Cross Country West Region Athlete of the Year, Tuesday morning (Nov. 19). The honor is the first of its kind in her career.

Bates, who earned the honor by votes from NCAA Division I coaches, continued an unbeaten season against collegians earning her NCAA West Region title, Nov. 15. In completing the 6-kilometer course at Sacramento State in 19:10.56, she defeated runner-up Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State by three seconds and Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe by just a second more. Her regional win comes in addition to a Mountain West title and a Pre-National Invitational crown, where she edged out Cuffe in the final meters of the race.

The Elk River, Minn., native adds the honor to a USTFCCCA All-Region honor, a 2013 Mountain West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year nod, an All-MW First Team honor and numerous athlete of the week awards this season.

Bates, who will be racing for a national title, will be joined by men’s teammate Jeff Howard at the 2013 NCAA National Cross Country Championships, Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

For a full list of regional athlete and coaches of the year visit USTFCCCA’s website.

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