VIDEO INTERVIEW (courtesy Capital University)
WEEKEND PHOTOS (Linda Striggo)
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North
Knox) became the first female and fourth student-athlete
in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology history to earn an
individual national championship by winning the women's high jump
title at Capital University on Saturday morning.
Evans cleared 5' 7 3/4" on her first attempt to claim the
national championship. Shelby Demos of Wisconsin-Whitewater
also cleared 5' 7 3/4" but did so on her third attempt, allowing
Evans to win the tiebreaker based on fewest number of misses.
Evans joins Chris Trapp (javelin throw in 1984, '85 and '86) and
Ryan Loftus (pole vault in 1997 and '98) as a track and field
national champion from Rose-Hulman.
The honor marks the third career All-American award for Evans,
who recorded runner-up finishes in the high jump both indoors and
outdoors in 2010.
"It's truly amazing to finally be a champion. I felt I may have
given the title away the last two years, but I'm so happy that I
did it this year," said Evans.
Her strategy throughout the day involved the same preparation as
every other meet, but Evans acknowledged the NCAA Championships are
"I normally wait for the rest of the field to get out and see
what they do. However, going into nationals, I really didn't know
what to expect," she added.
Evans claimed the first national title for a Fightin' Engineer
athlete since Matt Smith claimed the 100-yard breaststroke
championship at the 2003 NCAA Division III Swimming Nationals.
"It's exciting to rewrite the school record book in women's
track and field," said Evans.
The championship marks the beginning rather than the end of the
NCAA Division III track and field journey for Evans. She will
return to action for the outdoor season that begins next
"I just want to show people what I'm capable of. I would love to
clear 5-10 in the outdoor season," said Evans.
The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history includes 39
All-American awards, six individual national championships and
seven national runner-up efforts.