Boise State

Boise State’s Bates wins Mountain West athlete of year honor

Former national champion Emma Bates was named the 2014-15 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the first back-to-back winner in conference history.

Bates won the Mountain West women’s cross country championship and finished third at the NCAA Championships, her first of three All-America honors for the season. She then broke MW outdoor track records in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters this spring and finished ninth and 10th, respectively, at nationals.

Bates completed her collegiate career as a 12-time All-American with nine Mountain West individual titles, three conference records (also the indoor 5,000) and the 2014 NCAA championship in the outdoor 10,000.

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson was the MW Male Athlete of the Year.