TERRE HAUTE —
Liz Evans, a 2013 Rose-Hulman graduate, will serve as the school’s first representative at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in more than a generation this weekend.
Evans will compete in the women’s high jump at 3:45 p.m. EDT Saturday in the national championships at Drake University.
Following the Olympic year last summer in London, the 2013 championships will serve as the selection event for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships on Aug. 10-18 in Moscow, Russia. Once every four years, the event serves 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 the North Central Invitational in May, where she became the first student-athlete in NCAA Division III women’s high-jump history to clear the 6-foot barrier.
Evans won the 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, 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 history. She earned the 11th individual national championship and 84th All-America award in the Engineer athletic department history. Her honors marked the 49th All-America award and 10th national championship for the Rose-Hulman track and field program.
Her eight All-America 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).
In other track news:
• Bunch fourth, Moore advances — At Des Moines, Indiana State sophomore Derek Bunch came up with a big throw on his final attempt to finish fourth in the men’s shot put at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships on Thursday.
Bunch qualified for the final round with the eighth-best throw in the first three rounds (53 feet, 9 inches) and remained eighth until his final throw, a collegiate best of 59-11 that moved him into fourth place.
Former Sycamore Erica Moore advanced to the second round in the women’s 800, placing third in the fifth heat of the preliminaries in 2:03.60. Her next run is 9:08 p.m. today.
Kimyanna Rudolph will compete in women’s pole vault in junior competition at 2:15 p.m. today, while Felisha Johnson will compete in women’s shot put Saturday and former Sycamore Kylie Hutson will pole vault at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
n Welker eliminated — At Dayton, Ohio, Rachel Welker of Terre Haute lost 6 and 5 to Erin Michel late Wednesday in the second flight’s round of 16 at the Women’s Western Golf Association National Amateur Championships.
Also eliminated on Wednesday was Emily Tofaute of Louisville, granddaughter of Terre Haute residents George and Wanda Tofaute. Playing in the fourth flight, she was defeated by Maria Mancini 5 and 3.
n Schenk takes title — At South Bend, Adam Schenk is the wire-to-wire winner of the State Amateur concluded Thursday at the South Bend Country Club.
The Purdue player from Knox County took a one-shot lead into the final round after firing his only over-par round of the tournament Wednesday and won by seven shots. He had 68 in the final round to finish with a 5-under-par 279 total.
Bobby Jacobs was second with 286 and four players tied for third. A Valparaiso resident, Jacobs will be a freshman at Bradley University.
Logan Burdick of Clinton made the cut and finished with a 77 in the final round to post a 306. He shot 73 the first two days and had 83 Wednesday.
State Amateur top finishers
279 — Adam Schenk 67-69-75-68.
286 — Bobby Jacobs 71-74-67-74.
289 — Justin Tereshoko 74-74-72-69, Ben Marvin Egel 72-75-71-71, Kyle Thomas 77-71-69-72, Sean Rowen 73-70-73-73.
290 — John Finley 73-75-72-70, Scott Lamb 69-71-78-72.