BOISE-- Boise State long distance runner Emma Bates accomplished something over the weekend that no female Bronco track and field athlete has ever accomplished; earning All-American status in two different events.
Bates earned the achievement this past weekend at the2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She placed third in the 10,000-meters on Wednesday, and then followed that up with a seventh place finish in the 5000-meters on Friday. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American status.
Bates, a redshirt-sophomore at Boise State, is the first woman to earn the status twice in one meet in program history.
“I'm really excited. These last few years were really building blocks for my running career,” Bates told KTVB. “This year it just took off, so I'm really pumped for the next few years.”
Bates will now wait to hear if she has qualified for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.