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Liz Evans Soars to New Heights on Track, in Class
June 21, 2012
||Student-Athlete: Liz Evans has
been a four-time NCAA Division III track and field national
champion and a two-time Academic All-American. She is a senior
mathematics and electrical engineering double major.
The sky may be the limit for high jumper Liz Evans as she
compiles one of the greatest careers on the track and in the
classroom among Rose-Hulman and small college athletes.
Evans earned her fourth consecutive NCAA Division III national
championship this spring and was named a first-team Academic
All-American. Her athletic career also includes two national
runner-up finishes, six-time All-American honors, being a
three-time Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year and four awards
as Field Athlete of the Year in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
And, the Olympics may also be in the future as Evans' winning
jump (5' 10½") at this year's indoor nationals would have ranked
among the best in all NCAA divisions.
"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,"
states 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."
Evans' future workouts may be focused on training to compete in
future U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team trials.
"I would love to continue jumping after graduation (2013) 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," she said.
"My original plan was to graduate, work one or two years, then
going back to school and earn a master's degree. Those plans could
change if I go much higher over the next year. If I have a chance,
I want to take a shot at making the Olympics."
|Tops At Any Level: Liz Evans' winning jump (5' 10½") at
this year's indoor NCAA Division III national championships would
have earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish at the
Division 1 nationals.
Off the track, Evans is a mathematics and electrical engineering
double major whose 3.50 grade point average was one of 15 women's
track and field and cross country student-athletes named to the
Capital One Division III Academic All-American team. She became the
96th Academic All-American in Rose-Hulman athletics history and
claimed the 13th honor in the sport of track and field.
Evans is part of a decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history
that includes nine individual national champions and 47
All-Americans. The program has won the past five HCAC outdoor