Liz Evans, Matthew Cole Honored by USTFCCCA


TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) earned her fifth 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.

In addition, Rose-Hulman assistant coach Matthew Cole captured his fourth career Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year Award for his efforts with the women's team this spring.

Evans has previously earned NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honors during the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons, the 2011 Outdoor season, and the 2013 Indoor season.

Evans has secured the top seed in the women's high jump for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships that take place Friday at 2:15 p.m. Central Time at Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She cleared a new NCAA Division III all-time national record of 6' 0" at the University of Louisville earlier this month.

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

The mathematics and electrical engineering double major was named HCAC Field Athlete of the Year this spring and was a three-time USTFCCCA Division III National Field Athlete of the Week.

Evans has four career first-place finishes, two national runner-up honors and a third-place finish in seven previous appearances in NCAA National Championship meets.  She has tied 2012 graduate Sutton Coleman as the most decorated All-American in Rose-Hulman history.

Cole was honored for a coaching a squad that included national record setter Evans and 10-time conference champion Creasy Clauser.  He has earned two men's and two women's Regional Coach of the Year honors, and also served as meet director for the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships hosted by Rose-Hulman.

The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history includes 48 All-American awards, nine individual national championships and eight national runner-up efforts entering the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Evans will be joined at this year's nationals by seniors Trey Cahill (Auburn/DeKalb), Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome), Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) and Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain).