Evans Again Named USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year

evans-ustfccca-winterTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) earned her fourth career NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honor, in results released by the United States Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Evans has previously earned NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honors during the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons, and the 2011 Outdoor season.

Evans has secured the top seed in the women's high jump for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships that take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time at North Central College.  She cleared 5' 10" last week at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

The mathematics and electrical engineering double major was named HCAC Field Athlete of the Year after claiming conference titles in the high jump and long jump. In total, she surpassed 5-8 3/4" in the high jump five different times this season, each of which would keep her in the Division III national lead.

Evans swept the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships for her third and fourth career high jump national titles.  The six-time All-American has also been named NCAA Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year three times and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year five times in her career.

Evans has four career first-place finishes and two national runner-up honors in six previous appearances in NCAA National Championship meets.  She would tie 2012 graduate Sutton Coleman as the most decorated All-American in Rose-Hulman history with seven awards with a top-eight finish on Saturday.

She also looks to become the first student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to win five consecutive national championships in the women's indoor and outdoor high jump. 

The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history includes 46 All-American awards, nine individual national championships and eight national runner-up efforts entering the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.