June 11, 2015
EUGENE, Ore.,--Day two of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships featured the women's semifinals, along with the 10,000m finals. Boise State's Emma Bates placed 10th in the 10,000m finals in 33:50.14, while Marisa Howard qualified to the finals in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:54.25 for her season best.
Emma Bates, the 2014 NCAA National Champion in the 10,000m, held in second along the rail for the majority of the 2015 race. Bates remained in second for about 21 laps of the 25-lap race, catching up to the changing first-place runner. With a mile to go, Bates pulled to approximately a 40-meter lead. She let off her pace and ran to a 10th-place finish in 33:50.14. Bates earned second team All-America honors, collecting her 11th All-America accolade of her five-year career.
Marisa Howard raced in the 3,000m steeplechase semifinals and earned a spot in the finals for the second-straight year. Quickly into the race, Howard and a pack of four additional runners pulled off the main pack and never looked back. The five women crossed the finish line in near-identical times, with Howard clocking a 9:54.25. The top-five finishers in each of the two heats automatically qualified for Saturday's finals, and Howard's fourth-place heat finish solidified her bid. Howard marked her season-best time in the event. With Howard's auto-qualification into the finals, all five Broncos who qualified into the NCAA National Championships will compete in their respective finals.
Day three of the NCAA championships will feature the men's finals. David Elliott is first up for Boise State in the 1,500m finals at 4:45 p.m. PT. Jordin Andrade will compete in the 400m hurdles finals at 6 p.m. PT and both races can be seen on ESPN.