DELAWARE, OHIO --
Sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox)
became the third student-athlete in Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology history to earn multiple national championships by
winning the high jump national title on Saturday.
Evans completed a sweep of the 2011 NCAA Division III
Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in the high jump
with a vault of 5' 8" at Ohio Wesleyan University to claim her
second career national title and fourth All-American
Her effort marks just the eighth time in 27 years that a
student-athlete has swept the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor
high jump national titles in the same season. Crystal Blamy
of Keene State was the last athlete to accomplish the feat in
The mathematics and electrical engineering double
major joins three-time javelin
national champion Chris Trapp and two-time pole
vault national champion Ryan Loftus as the only multiple
national champions in Fightin' Engineer athletic history.
Julia Baranek of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Shelby Demos of
Wisconsin-Whitewater joined Evans by clearing 5' 7". On
her third and final attempt, Evans cleared 5' 8" to seperate
herself from the field and capture the national championship.
The honor marks the fourth career All-American award for
Evans, who recorded runner-up finishes in the high jump both
indoors and outdoors in 2010.
The historic Saturday also included a pair of All-American
honors for Rose-Hulman junior hurdler Sutton Coleman (SEE
Andrew Schipper holds Rose-Hulman's career record for
All-American honors with six, and Evans joins a group of five
Engineers with four All-American awards. Honorees
include Tony Allen ('78), Ryan Loftus ('98), Phil Reksel
('00), current junior Sutton Coleman and Evans.
The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history
includes 42 All-American awards, seven individual national
championships and seven national runner-up efforts after Evans
performance on Saturday.
(photos by Linda Striggo)