Rose-Hulman’s Liz Evans, who tied the all-time Division III high jump record Saturday at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Invitational, has been named one of the National Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Though she couldn’t secure her third consecutive DIII indoor high jump and fifth consecutive overall title a few weekends ago, Evans showed that she is certainly the jumper to beat outdoors with a clearance of 5-feet-111⁄4 to kick off the spring season.
In other awards announced Monday:
• Evans, Thompson chosen by HCAC — Evans and Andrew Thompson of Rose-Hulman were honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this week, Evans as Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and Thompson as Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.
Evans’ 5-111⁄4 high jump matches the best ever achieved by a Division III woman. The first two to clear that height were Kristy Laramee of Middlebury and Maria Megnin of Hartwick, both at the 1999 national championship meet.
Evans also helped Rose-Hulman win the Early Bird Invitational by winning long jump and the 100-meter dash in addition to high jump on Saturday.
Thompson pulled off a difficult double by winning the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs at the Early Bird Invitational. His times were 4:03.31 in the 1,500 and 15:36.65 in the 5,000, best HCAC times this season in both events.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Purdue University Invitational on Saturday.
• Moore honored for scoreless streak — Indiana State’s Devin Moore has been named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week after nine shutout innings in the Sycamores’ eventual 1-0, 11-inning win over Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Moore is the second straight Sycamore to win the award and the third ISU award winner this spring. Sean Manaea was named Pitcher of the Week on March 18 and also on Feb. 22.
Moore allowed just two hits and one walk with three strikeouts in nine shutout innings, needing just 95 pitches to blank SIU. For the season, Moore is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA with 26 strikeouts against just five walks in 291⁄3 innings pitched.
Weather permitting, Indiana State will close out its five-game homestand at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Illinois-Chicago.