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Liz Evans Soars to New Heights on Track, in Class

June 21, 2012

             Evan Liz in Track
  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 Conference (HCAC).

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."

Evan Liz in action           
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 championships.