TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
freshman Liz Evans (Bicknell/ North Knox) has been named Great
Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year, and Matt Cole earned
regional Men's Assistant Coach of the Year accolades from the
United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches
Evans will compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and
Field National Championships at DePauw University at 4 p.m.
Evans is tied for second nationally with a season best jump of
5' 8" at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational earlier this
season. She has also cleared the NCAA Division III automatic
qualification mark three times and compiled an undefeated record in
invitational competition in 2010.
Evans became the first female student-athlete in Rose-Hulman
history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field
National Championships, and is also the first Great Lakes Region
Athlete of the Year in program history. She will join a field
of 16 competitors at the nationals.
Cole helped lead Rose-Hulman to its fourth consecutive men's
Hoosier-Buckeye Invitational title in a meet featuring all nine
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions. He
served as the team's sprint, hurdles and jumps coach this
season. His student-athletes combined to earn nearly 75% of
the team's points in the Hoosier-Buckeye Championship.
Cole's efforts included tutoring two school record relay teams
this season, highlighted by the 4-x-400 squad which broke a 25-year
old mark. He also served as coach for Evans and NCAA
provisional men's qualifier Sutton Coleman.
The NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region consists of all
colleges and universities in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.