Idaho colleges: Bates third, two pole vaulters in top eight at NCAA track


Three of the state's track and field standouts earned first-team All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday in Eugene.

Boise State junior Emma Bates finished third in the women's 10,000 meters. Bates, who was seeded 17th, ran a school-record 33 minutes, 37.13 seconds and finished 28 seconds behind winner Betsy Saina of Iowa State.

"It was very unexpected," said Bates, who broke her school record by nearly 13 seconds. "I just kind of wanted to stay in that top pack and get All-American. The first two girls kind of took off. We were in that chase pack, staying patient and waiting. We knew that none of us were going to catch those girls. We were racing for third."

Bates, a second-team All-American in the 5,000 last year, will compete in that race Friday. She's seeded ninth.

Idaho senior Jeremy Klas (Moscow High) finished sixth in the men's pole vault Wednesday with a jump of 18 feet, 0.5 inches, and Idaho State senior Mike Arnold tied for seventh with a jump of 17-8.5 for All-American honors. Idaho senior Liga Velvere earned second-team All-American status in the 400-meter hurdles. She finished 14th in 59.28 seconds.

FORMER BSU, C OF I COACH JOINS WSU STAFF: Rod Jensen, the former Boise State and College of Idaho head coach, is the Cougars' new director of player development, the Pac-12 program announced Wednesday. Jensen replaces Jeff Hironaka, who joined Portland State as its associate head coach. "I've known Rod for many years and he is an outstanding basketball coach. I love the passion and energy he brings to the game,'' Washington State coach Ken Bone said. Jensen was 109-93 at Boise State (1995-2002) and 38-51 in three seasons at the College of Idaho, which didn't renew his contract after this past season.

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