TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate student Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) cleared 6' 0" indoors in the high jump for the first time in her career in her final tune-up for the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night at Indiana University.
Evans topped NCAA Division I competition with a leap of 1.83 meters or 6' 0" for the first time in her career. She previously qualified for the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Feb. 23 with a leap of 5' 11 1/4" in Indianapolis earlier this month.
Evans enjoyed the most decorated career in school history before earning undergraduate dual degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman in May 2013. She became the first five-time NCAA Division III National Champion and the first eight-time Division III All-American in school history during her historic career.
Last summer, Evans solidified her status as one of the top women's high jumpers in the United States with a seventh-place finish at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University. She broke the NCAA Division III all-time record in the women's high jump by clearing 6' 0 1/2" to place seventh overall.
She returns to championship competition on Sunday Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. Mountain Time in the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque. Competitors will vie for the opportunity to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, on March 7-9.
Evans capped her career with a fifth NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship last May. She cleared a La Crosse stadium record 5' 10 1/2" to become just the second student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to win five career national titles in the high jump.
The Rose-Hulman graduate student and track and field team volunteer coach also earned three Capital One Academic All-American honors in her career. Her eight All-American awards included 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).