It was an amazing finish in Eugene. With one lap to go, the trio of Bates, Juliet Bottorff of Duke, and Kirk paced the field. Bates made her move with 300 yards to go. Kirk responded and moved to Bates' shoulder, but Bottorff fell back. Much like the famous Affirmed-Alydar horse race, it was Bates and Kirk, stride-for-stride heading out of the final turn, setting the stage for a thrilling final 100.
Kirk passed Bates but couldn't put her away. With 25 meters remaining, Bates called upon one last burst of speed, and that sent her past Kirk for the win.
With the victory, Bates now has won eight All-America honors including cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
Bates' national title is Boise State's 12th, and the sixth in the last eleven years. The Bronco track & field team has captured three in the last six years. The complete list of Boise State national titles can be found at the bottom of this article.
Bates will run in the 5,000 meters Saturday night--she has already earned All-American honors in her career in that event.
Congratulations, Emma--we're extremely proud of you!
Boise State's National Championships:
1958 Football NJCAA National Championship
1974 Bill Shaw, Men's Slalom Skiing National Champion
1980 Football I-AA National Championship
1991 Eugene Green, Men's Track Triple Jump National Champion
1984 Jake Jacoby, Men's Track High Jump National Champion
1999 Kirk White, 165-Pound National Wrestling Champion
2004 Gabe Wallin, Men's Track Javelin National Champion
2005 Gabe Wallin, Men's Track Javelin National Champion
2006 Ben Cherrington, 157-Pound National Wrestling Champion
2009 Eleni Kafourou, Women's Track Long Jump National Champion
2012 Kurt Felix, Men's Track Decathlon National Champion
2014 Emma Bates, Women's Track 10,000 Meters National Champion