Evans, Thompson Earn HCAC Weekly Honors

746-evans-thompsonTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Two Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology track and field student-athletes were honored as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for their efforts on Saturday.

Senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) captured HCAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors, and junior Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) was honored as HCAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Evans tied a 14-year NCAA Division III all-time national high jump record by clearing 5' 11 1/4" on Saturday.  She matched the mark set by Kristy Laramee of Middlebury and Maria Megnin of Hartwick at the 1999 NCAA Division III National Championships.

The four-time national champion and seven-time All-American also has the sixth-best high jump mark in NCAA Division III indoor history at 5' 10 1/2" at the 2012 national championships.  Evans has placed first at the NCAA Division III nationals four times, second twice and third once.

The two-time Capital One Academic All-American is a double major in mathematics and electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman.  Evans helped Rose-Hulman win the Early Bird Invitational by winning the high jump, long jump and 100-meter dash on Saturday.

Thompson pulled off a difficult double by winning the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs at the Early Bird Invitational on Saturday.  His times were 4:03.31 in the 1,500-meters and 15:36.65 in the 5,000 meters to mark the best HCAC marks this season in each event.

Thompson finished as the runner-up in the HCAC indoor mile run this year and was honorable mention all-conference in cross country this fall.  He was also named the 2011 HCAC Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Purdue University Invitational on Saturday.