Nominees for 2014-15 Bronco Female Athlete

Boise State enjoyed one of their best performances nationally in school history in the 2014-15 school year, and Bronco women were a big part of it. Read the accomplishments of each of the nominees for 2014-15 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year, then go to the Blue Turf Board to vote for your selection.

Here are the nominees for the 2014-15 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year:

Emma Bates, Cross Country & Outdoor Track & Field

Bates won the Mountain West Conference individual title with a time of 19:37.3.  Emma was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and helped the Broncos take second as a team.  Bates then placed third at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 19:44.5.  Bates earned All-America honors and helped Boise State finish 11th.

Emma then concluded her Bronco career in outdoor track & field, finishing fourth in the 1,500 at the Mountain West Championships with a time of 4:33.08.  She then advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships, where Bates finished 3rd in the 5,000 (15:52.74) and 4th in the 10,000 (34:29.05).  At the NCAA National Championships, Emma finished 9th in the 5,000 with a time of 15:56.72, and 10th in the 10,000 (33:50.14).

Mackenzie Flannigan, Outdoor Track & Field

Flannigan captured Mountain West championships in both the 100 and 200 meters, with times of 11.44 and 23.31.  At the NCAA Regional Championships, Mackenzie ran a school record 11.40 to place 13th, just one place shy of qualifying for the National Championships.  Flannigan also placed 13th in the 200 with a time of 23.44.

Marisa Howard, Cross Country & Outdoor Track & Field

Howard was 2nd at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships with a time of 19:53.4 to earn All-Conference honors and help the Lady Broncos finish 2nd.  Marisa finished 28th in the nation at the NCAA National Championships, helping Boise State to an 11th-place showing.  Howard earned All-America honors for her performance.

Howard joined Flannigan as a double winner at the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, taking the 5,000 with a time of 16:08.10 and the steeplechase in 9:57.56.  Howard was 5th at the NCAA Regional Championships in the steeplechase with a time of 9:59.55 to advance to the NCAA National Championships.  Marisa was the only female All-America performer at Nationals, setting a new Boise State school record in the steeplechase to take fourth place with a time of 9:37.84.

Kelsey Morris, Gymnastics

Morris finished second in the all-around competition at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships with a score of 39.225.  Morris earned All-Conference honors and helped the Lady Broncos capture the conference title.  Morris advanced to the NCAA National Championships, where she finished 26th in the all-around competition with a mark of 39.075.  Morris helped Boise State to a national ranking of #15.

Ciera Perkins, Gymnastics
Perkins won the individual vault competition with a score of 9.90 and finished 2nd in floor exercises and 4th in the uneven bars with scores of 9.875 to help Boise State win the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship and finish the season ranked 15th in the nation.  Perkins was named 2nd Team All-America in both the vault and uneven bars.

Deanna Weaver, Basketball

Deanna started all 33 games for Boise State, leading the team with a 12.7 scoring average.  She connected on 149-373 shots (39.9%), 44-63 free throws (69.8%) and 76-181 three-point tries (42.0%).  Weaver grabbed 166 rebounds, third on the team, and has 79 assists and 40 steals.  Deanna earned All-Mountain West honors at the conclusion of the regular season.

Weaver then helped Boise State capture the Mountain West Tournament Championship and automatic berth in the NCAA National Championship.

Samantha Wicks, Swimming & Diving

Wicks finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.06, 2nd in the 100-yard backstroke (52.64), and 5th in the 100 freestyle, and and helped Boise State to one Mountain West relay title (400-yard freestyle) and three second-place relay finishes (200 freestyle, 200 medley, and 400 medley).  Wicks earned seven All-Conference honors for her efforts at the championships in helping Boise State to a second-place finish.

At the NCAA National Championships, Wicks finished 31st in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.16, 36th in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.78) and 48th in the 100 freestyle (49.56).

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