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championships and rank among the all-time best in Division III history. She has already qualified for the NCAA outdoor nationals (May 24-26 in Claremont, Calif.).
   "Since Liz cleared the bar in her first meet, she's been clearly focused on becoming one of the best at the Division III level," says Rose-Hulman Track and Field Coach Larry Cole. "She is a gifted athlete who has worked very hard to get maximum effort and performance in every meet."
   Future workouts may be focused on training to compete in U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team trials.
   "I would love to continue jumping after graduation and qualify for the Olympic Trials down the road. I'm not ready to end my track career. However, if I don't make it in the jumping world, it's nice to have an engineering degree to fall back on," says Evans, a double major in mathematics and electrical engineering. "My original plan was to graduate, work one or two years, then go back to school and earn a master's degree. Those plans could change if I go much higher over the next year and a half.

 

The sky may be the limit for high jumper Elizabeth Evans and hurdler Sutton Coleman as they continue two of the greatest athletic careers in Rose-Hulman history.
   This spring, the track and field athletes could tie the school record for career All- American awards (six) and once again stand on the awards podium at NCAA Division III national championship events after being named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's top track athletes.
   And, the Olympics may also be within reach.
   The sleek Evans has become a dominant force in high jumping at any collegiate level. The junior has won three consecutive NCAA Division III national championships. Her winning jump (5' 10½") at this year's indoor nationals would have earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish at the Division I nationals.
   Evans has three more opportunities to become the first Rose-Hulman athlete to earn four career national  

 
If I have a chance, I want to take a shot at making the Olympics."
   Evans' 3.5 grade point average and athletic accomplishments have also earned second-team Capital One Academic All-American honors in 2011.
   Coleman has cleared thousands of hurdles to join Evans as a five-time All-American on the track. He also was a four-year varsity letterman as a football receiver and special teams player. It's not surprising that he was named this year's top graduating athlete.
   "Sutton has gotten the most out of his athletic skills-as a track and football athlete," says Cole. "He's motivated to be the best that he can be, and brings that attitude to perform at his very best." Tips from his high school football and track coaches brought Coleman to Rose- Hulman.
   "I was pretty set on going to Virginia Tech, where my dad went to school. My high school football coach told me to consider Rose-Hulman because of its No. 1 reputation in engineering," he says. "The football staff invited me to campus, and I also met men's coach (Larry) Cole and the track and field team. I thought I had more to prove in athletics and Rose-Hulman would give me the opportunity."
   Coleman won the high and intermediate hurdles titles to help the Engineers earn their sixth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's title.
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   The mechanical engineering major also has a bright future, having accepted a position with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Los Angeles following graduation.
   Evans and Coleman are part of a decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history that includes 44 All-American awards, eight individual national championships, and eight national runnerup efforts.
   Kevin Lanke (Econ, '97) is Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information and Communications.