RHIT's Liz Evans Earns Third High Jump National Title
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GRINNELL, IA -- Junior Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) became the second Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athlete to earn three career NCAA Division III National Championships by winning the high jump at Friday's 2012 Indoor National Meet at Grinnell College.
Evans cleared 5' 10 1/2" for a new school record and the fourth-best jump in NCAA Division III history to win her third consecutive high jump national championship. Shelby Demos of Wisconsin-Whitewater also cleared 5' 10 1/2" but had misses on two previous heights, compared to Evans perfect jumping in the competition, to capture second place.
The duo outdistanced eight other competitors who cleared 5' 5". Erin Hollinger of Case Western captured third-place honors with no misses at the height.
Evans became the fifth woman in NCAA Division III history to win three career high jump national championships and the fourth female to win three consecutive titles. She also won the 2011 NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor high jump national championships.
Evans decorated career also includes five All-American awards, including three national championships and two national runner-up finishes.
The mathematics and electrical engineering double major joins javelin national champion Chris Trapp as the only three-time national champions in Fightin' Engineer athletic history.
Andrew Schipper holds Rose-Hulman's career record for All-American honors with six, and Evans now ranks second in school history with five All-American awards.
Senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va./H.S.) also recorded a strong performance on Friday to advance to the championship round on Saturday. Coleman placed second in his heat and fourth overall with a time of 8.09 seconds to qualify for the Saturday afternoon championship.
Coleman has earned four All-American honors in his career, with national finishes of fourth, sixth and a pair of eighth-place efforts entering Saturday's championship round.
The decorated Rose-Hulman track and field history includes 43 All-American awards, eight individual national championships and seven national runner-up efforts after Evans performance on Friday.