CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- Junior
Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) (pictured with
jumps coach Matthew Cole) became
the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
student-athlete to earn four career NCAA Division III
National Championships by winning the high jump at Friday's 2012
Outdoor National Meet at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Evans also becomes just the second athlete in NCAA Division III
history to earn four consecutive women's high jump national
championships between indoor and outdoor meets. She has
earned six All-American awards with four first-place efforts (2011
Indoors and Outdoors; 2012 Indoors and Outdoors) and two national
runner-up performances (2010 Indoors and Outdoors).
Evans cleared 5' 8" in windy conditions to join Michelle Riedi
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Christy Schumann of Trinity (Texas)
as four-time NCAA Division III National Champions in the women's
high jump. Kim Oden from Nebraska Wesleyan is the
only women's high jump competitor in NCAA history with
more Division III national titles (seven) and also won four
Three vaulters cleared 5' 8" on the day, but Evans soared over
the bar on the first attempt to win the national
championship. Shelby Demos of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Julia
Baranek of Wisconsin-Eau Claire also cleared 5' 8" but did so on
their second attempt.
The mathematics and electrical engineering double
major surpassed three-time national champion Chris
Trapp as the most decorated national champion in Rose-Hulman
history. She also earned second-team Capital One Academic
All-American honors in 2010.
Rose-Hulman's track and field history includes 47
All-American awards, nine individual national championships
and eight national runner-up efforts including
Saturday's performances by Sutton Coleman (
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