Track and Field Duo Captures Academic All-American Awards

746-bischak-evans-2TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Derek Bischak (Angola) and sophomore Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox)  earned Capital One Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-American honors, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Bischak was one of 15 men's track and field and cross country student-athletes named to the Capital One College Division Men's First-Team Academic All-American squad.  Just 15 student-athletes were named first-team Academic All-Americans in a category featuring over 800 colleges at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels.

Evans claimed a spot on the Capital One College Division Second-Team Women's Academic All-American squad.  The second team also consists of 15 student-athletes chosen from over 800 eligible institutions.

Bischak and Evans earned the 91st and 92nd Academic All-American awards in Rose-Hulman athletics history and claimed the 11th and 12th honors in the sport of track and field.  They also become the eighth and ninth different track and field student-athletes to capture Academic All-American honors at Rose-Hulman.

746-bischakBischak qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships this season, placing 11th in the indoor mile and 15th in the outdoor 1,500-meter run.  He also shared Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors during the winter season and won four career league championships. 

Bischak holds the school record in the indoor mile run (4:13.84) and outdoor 1,500-meter run (3:50.76).  He also enjoyed a career in USAC racing, including a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Rumble in Fort Wayne won by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

In the classroom, Bischak carried a 3.88 grade point average as a mechanical and electrical engineering double graduate.

746-evans-outdoor1Evans won the NCAA Division III national champion in the indoor and outdoor high jump in 2011.  She became just the eighth athlete in NCAA Division III history to sweep the indoor and outdoor high jump national championships in the same year.

Her career efforts include four All-American honors, including second-place national finishes in the indoor and outdoor high jump in 2010.  She was also named the HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year in 2011, and won the high jump, long jump and triple jump individual HCAC titles outdoors. 

In addition, Evans holds school records in three events and has been named the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year three times.  She carried a 3.51 grade point average as a double major in mathematics and electrical engineering.

At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has qualified for a Capital One Academic All-America Team for 26 consecutive years, a mark that ranks No. 6 nationally among all institutions and No. 1 in NCAA Division III.  Rose-Hulman stands 10th overall among NCAA Division III institutions in all-time Academic All-American awards.