Local colleges: Boise State's Bates seventh in 5,000 at NCAA track


EUGENE — Emma Bates, who is a sophomore in regards to her outdoor season eligibility, completed a first-team All-American double Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Bates finished seventh in the 5,000 meters with a school-record time of 15 minutes, 59.35 seconds. The Elk River, Minn., native finished third in the 10,000 on Wednesday. Eight athletes from Boise State (four), Idaho (three) and Idaho State (one) qualified for the meet, which ends Saturday, when Idaho javelin thrower Ugis Svazs is scheduled to compete.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO TRACK: Less than a week after being named the Cascade Conference female Track and Field Athlete of the Year, junior Hillary Holt (Mountain View High) has been named the league's female Athlete of the Year. Holt was unbeaten during the cross country season, winning a league and national championship. She won three national titles during the indoor season (mile, 3,000 and distance medley relay) and set an NAIA all-time national record during the outdoor season with her time of 4:11.68 in the 1,500 meters at the Oregon Twilight meet. The Oregon time qualified Holt for the U.S. Championships later this month in Iowa.

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