Thursday, June 12, 2014
Congratulations to Boise State's one-woman wrecking crew, Emma Bates, who captured the national championship in the 10,000 meters tonight at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Bates' time of 32:32.35 was the second-fastest in meet history, and the fastest since 1988. She beat Elinor Kirk of UAB by 64/100th's of a second.
It was an amazing finish in Eugene. With one lap to go, the trio of Bates, Juliet Bottorff of Duke, and Kirk paced the field. Bates made her move with 300 yards to go. Kirk responded and moved to Bates' shoulder, but Bottorff fell back. Much like the famous Affirmed-Alydar horse race, it was Bates and Kirk, stride-for-stride heading out of the final turn, setting the stage for a thrilling final 100.
Kirk passed Bates but couldn't put her away. With 25 meters remaining, Bates called upon one last burst of speed, and that sent her past Kirk for her national title.
With her victory, Bates has now won eight All-America honors, including cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
|1||Emma Bates||JR||Boise State||32:32.35||-0.6||1 (1)|
|2||Elinor Kirk||SR||UAB||32:32.99||-0.6||1 (2)|
|3||Juliet Bottorff||SR||Duke||32:37.46||-0.6||1 (3)|
|4||Elvin Kibet||JR||Arizona||32:43.39||-0.6||1 (4)|
|5||Elaina Balouris||SR||William and Mary||32:46.57||-0.6||1 (5)|
|6||Erin Finn||FR||Michigan||32:50.14||-0.6||1 (6)|
|7||Sarah Pagano||SR||Syracuse||33:00.46||-0.6||1 (7)|
|8||Jana Soethout||SR||San Francisco||33:02.02||-0.6||1 (8)|
|9||Kaitlyn Fischer||FR||Missouri||33:12.37||-0.6||1 (9)|
|10||Emily Stites||SO||William and Mary||33:12.74||-0.6||1 (10)|
|11||Megan Curham||FR||Princeton||33:29.03||-0.6||1 (11)|
|12||Katy Moen||JR||Iowa State||33:32.18||-0.6||1 (12)|
|13||Sheree Shea||SR||Loyola Marymount||33:32.29||-0.6||1 (13)|
|14||Lindsay Flanagan||SR||Washington||33:32.33||-0.6||1 (14)|
|15||Megan Goethals||SR||Washington||33:32.66||-0.6||1 (15)|
|16||Olivia Mickle||SR||Texas||33:33.30||-0.6||1 (16)|
|17||Allison Lasnicki||JR||West Virginia||33:46.22||-0.6||1 (17)|
|18||Kristen Busch||SO||Bradley||34:01.35||-0.6||1 (18)|
|19||Margo Malone||SO||Syracuse||34:03.08||-0.6||1 (19)|
|20||Hannah Walker||JR||Florida State||34:08.21||-0.6||1 (20)|
|21||Sarah Rapp||JR||Virginia Tech||34:10.96||-0.6||1 (21)|
|22||Cali Roper||FR||Rice||34:34.33||-0.6||1 (22)|
|23||Jennifer Flack||FR||Virginia||35:22.42||-0.6||1 (23)|
Bates will run in the 5000-meters on Saturday. Once again, super, super job, Emma! All of Bronco Nation is extremely proud of you!
Posted by Rocketman5000 at 10:37 PM