DES MOINES, IOWA -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2013 graduate Liz Evans (Bicknell/North Knox) solidified her status as one of the top women's high jumpers in the United States with a seventh-place finish at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University.
Evans broke the NCAA Division III all-time record in the women's high jump for the third time in 2013 by clearing 6' 0 1/2" to place seventh overall.
Only the top three finishers cleared a height greater than the 6' 0 1/2" mark, although Evans placed seventh in the field based on number of misses at previous heights.
As the only competitor in the field of 18 from a non-Division I jumping background, the mathematics and electrical engineering double degree recipient from Rose-Hulman solidified her place as one of the top high jumpers at any level in the United States.
Following the Olympic year last summer in London, the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships served as the qualifying event for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia. In 2015, the event will serve as the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Evans earned qualification to the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships due to her NCAA Division III national record setting mark at Louisville in May. She became the first student-athlete in NCAA Division III women's high jump history to clear the 6' 0" barrier in the performance.
Evans won her fifth NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship later in May at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She cleared a La Crosse stadium record 5' 10 1/2" to earn her fifth career women's high jump national title at the 2013 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, becoming just the second student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to win five career national titles in the high jump. Evans also became the first five-time national champion and eight-time All-American in Rose-Hulman history. She earned the 11th individual national championship and 84th All-American award in the Fightin' Engineer athletic department history. Her honors marked the 49th All-American award and 10th national championship for the Rose-Hulman track and field program.
Evans has also received multiple Capital One Academic All-American honors in her career, been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, and earned bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman in May. Her eight All-American awards include five first-place efforts (2013 Outdoors; 2012 Indoors and Outdoors; 2011 Indoors and Outdoors), two national runner-up performances (2010 Indoors and Outdoors) and one third-place effort (2013 Indoors).
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