CLAREMONT, Calif. —
Junior Liz Evans became the first Rose-Hulman athlete to earn four career NCAA Division III championships by winning the women’s high jump at Friday’s 2012 outdoor national meet at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Evans, a former North Knox High School standout, also became the second athlete in NCAA Division III history to earn four consecutive women’s high jump national championships between indoor and outdoor meets.
She has earned six All-American awards with four first-place efforts (2011 indoors and outdoors; 2012 indoors and outdoors) and two national runner-up performances (2010 indoors and outdoors).
Evans cleared 5 feet, 8 inches in windy conditions to join Michelle Riedi of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Christy Schumann of Trinity (Texas) as four-time NCAA Division III national champions in the women’s high jump. Kim Oden from Nebraska Wesleyan is the only women’s high-jump competitor in NCAA history with more Division III national titles (seven).
Three vaulters cleared 5-8 Friday, but Evans soared over the bar on her first attempt to win the national championship. Shelby Demos of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Julia Baranek of Wisconsin-Eau Claire also cleared 5-8 but did so on their second attempts.
A mathematics and electrical-engineering double major, Evans surpassed three-time national champion Chris Trapp as the most decorated national champion in Rose history. She also earned second-team Capital One Academic All-American honors in 2010.
Rose-Hulman’s track and field history includes 45 All-American awards, nine individual national championships and eight national runner-up efforts prior to today’s performances by Sutton Coleman.