Emma Bates

Cross Country

Bates, Howard to Represent Broncos at NCAA Nationals

Nov. 20, 2013

Weekly Notebook

WHAT'S HAPPENING - Two Broncos, Emma Bates and Jeff Howard, will head to their first-career NCAA National Cross Country Championships this week, competing as the first Broncos since 2006 at the national meet.

MEET SPECIFICS - The 2013 NCAA National Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet is slated for Saturday, Nov. 23 with the men's 10-kilometer race beginning at 10 a.m. MT and the women's 6-kilometer race at 11:15 a.m. MT. Each races' top-40 finishers will receive All-America medals.

CHAMPIONSHIP INFO - NCAA National Championship information can be found at:
GoSycamores.com - Indiana State University's Athletic Website
NCAA.com - Championship Page
USTFCCCA National Championship Central

Live results will be available here.

Live video will be provided by NCAA.com at or through the following USTFCCCA Broadcast Schedule.

Flotrack and RunnerSpace
will also provide live coverage

ABOUT BATES - Emma Bates has won four of her five races this season, including the 2013 Mountain West Cross Country title and the 2013 NCAA West Region Championship title. She has clocked a best of 19:11 over a 6-kilometer course, doing so at the West Regionals.

She becomes the first Bronco woman to qualify for the NCAA National Championships since 1999 when Abby Peters competed in the NCAA 5-kilometer race. Bates will become the first Bronco woman to compete at a national meet in the 6-kilometer distance.

Bates becomes only the fifth woman to race at the national meet for Boise State after earning the school's first NCAA West Regional individual title, Nov. 15. Her finish earned her the 2013 USTFCCCA Women's West Region Athlete of the Year and a 2013 USTFCCCA All-Region honor, both fists in her career.

The 2013 Mountain West Athlete of the Year has also earned wins at the 2013 Pre-National Invitational and the Utah Open. After winning three major meets this season and placing second in one (Bill Dellinger Invite), Bates is expected to place amongst the nation's best at the NCAA Championships Saturday.

ABOUT HOWARD - Jeff Howard earned his first-career trip to the NCAA National Championships after placing seventh at the NCAA West Regional Championships. The meet was the first time he led the Broncos this season. Howard clocked a personal-best of 29:54 over the 10-kilometer course.

With the seventh-place finish, Howard earned his second career USTFCCCA All-Region honor, adding to his 2010 award he earned after placing 17th.

ALL-AMERICA REQUIREMENTS - The top-40 finishers in the men's and women's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship races will be awarded USTFCCCA All-America honor, regardless of citizenship. Those earning All-America honors will be given a medal at the national championships.

BRONCOS' NATIONAL MEET HISTORY - Bates becomes the fifth woman in Bronco history to attend the NCAA National Cross Country championships, while Howard becomes the 19th male. The five Bronco women have earned six qualifying spots with Niamh Beime as the only multiple-year qualifier (1995, 1996). On the men's side, the 19 men have qualified 25 times with five men qualifying multiple years. Jose Uribe is the only three-year qualifier for the men and also holds the best finish by a Bronco male, 12th at the 1996 championships. Campbell holds the top female finish at 19th in 1998. Uribe (1996), Forest Braden (2004) and Josh Danielson (1996) are the only Bronco men to earn All-America status, while Campbell (1998) is the only female to do so.

Only three teams have earned qualifying spots in Bronco history: the men's 1973, 1976 and 1996 teams.

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