If Boise State were to give out an athlete of the year award junior Emma Bates would certainly be at the top of list.
Bates is coming off one of the best performances of her career where she ran the 12th fastest women’s 10k meter time in NCAA history at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational event in Stanford, California last weekend.
Bates’s time was good enough to shatter her own school record she set last year.
Bates finished 13th in a field that included both NCAA champions and Olympic medalists.
Bates’ performance at the event landed her the Mountain West Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week Award — her second in the last three weeks.
Bates has had a sensational season for the Boise State track and field team. She is on pace to have one of the best seasons in school history.
Already this year, Bates has broken numerous school records, as well as national records.
Bates is a two-sport star who also competes for the Boise State cross country team.
During the cross country season for the Broncos, Bates set numerous school records on her way to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country championships this past November.
With one more season left in both sports, Bates has the opportunity to go down as one of Boise State’s all-time greatest athletes and cement her already outstanding legacy as a Bronco.