TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North
Knox) earned her third 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 Tuesday.
Evans was also named NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field
Athlete of the Year during the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons,
when she finished second nationally in the high jump at the Indoor
National Championships. She added the 2011 NCAA Division III
Indoor National Championship in the high jump to her national
resume in March.
This season, Evans enters the NCAA Division III championships
with the top seed in the high jump after clearing 5' 8 1/2" at the
Ohio Wesleyan Invitational in April. She also reached the
NCAA Division III national qualification mark of 5' 7 1/4"
in four different meets this season.
Evans also captured three individual event championships at the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships and
also served as the anchor leg for the winning 4-x-100 meter relay
team. She established conference records in the high jump (5'
7 1/4") and the long jump (17' 3 1/4") with a performance that also
set a Rose-Hulman school record. She added the triple jump
title with a leap of 34' 5 1/2" that ranked second in school
Evans will be joined at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor
National Championships by five members of the men's squad.
Senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) has
individually qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles and the
400-meter intermediate hurdles. Senior Derek Bischak
(Angola) added a qualification spot in the 1,500-meter
The 4-x-400 meter relay team of sophomore Brent Austgen
(Cedar Lake/Hanover Central), senior Paul Bouagnon
(St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), sophomore
Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark)
and Coleman has also qualified for the Outdoor
Nationals. The effort marks the first national relay
qualification effort at Rose-Hulman since the 4-x-100 meter relay
team qualified for the nationals in 1986.
Rose-Hulman's total of six student-athletes competing at this
week's NCAA Division III Championships marks the most by the
Fightin' Engineers since nine members of the team reached the 1986
Rose-Hulman looks to continue its track and field legacy that
features 39 NCAA Division III All-American awards and six
national championship performances this weekend.