LA CROSSE, WIS. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) capped the top career in Fightin' Engineer athletic history with her fifth national championship and eighth All-American award at Wisconsin-La Crosse on Friday.
Evans cleared a La Crosse stadium record 5' 10 1/2" to earn her fifth career women's high jump national title at the 2013 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. She becomes just the second student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to win five career national titles in the high jump.
Evans also became the first five time national champion and eight-time All-American in Rose-Hulman history. She earned the 11th individual national championship and 84th All-American award in the Fightin' Engineer athletic department history. Her honors marked the 49th All-American award and 10th national championship for the Rose-Hulman track and field program.
Evans, who cleared an NCAA Division III all-time record of 6' 0" in the high jump at Louisville earlier this month, has also earned two Capital One Academic All-American honors in her career. She has also been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Academically, the mathematics and electrical engineering major will receive two Rose-Hulman bachelor's degrees at tomorrow's Commencement ceremony.
For the first time, Evans also battled through an injury to earn a national championship. In her final workout prior to leaving for Wisconsin, Evans suffered a significant ankle injury that needed to be nursed throughout the last four days.
Her eight All-American awards include five first-place efforts (2013 Outdoors; 2012 Indoors and Outdoors; 2011 Indoors and Outdoors), two national runner-up performances (2010 Indoors and Outdoors) and one third-place effort (2013 Indoors).
Rose-Hulman also had four men's track and field team members competing at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Senior Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) finished 11th nationally in the men's pole vault after clearing 15' 1" on Thursday.
Senior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) added a 14th place effort in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.53 seconds on Friday night.
Senior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) contibuted a 15th place finish nationally with a 400-meter hurdles time of 53.90 seconds on Thursday in his first appearance at a national championship.
Senior Trey Cahill (Auburn/DeKalb) rounded out the performances with a 17th place in the hammer throw with a toss of 178' 6" on Friday.