EUGENE, Oregon – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2013 graduate Liz Evans competed for a spot on the United States Olympic Team at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon on July 1.
Evans placed 18th overall with a high jump clearance of 5' 10 1/2" (1.79 meters). The effort marked her seventh appearance at a USATF National Championship high jump events, with a best finish of third in the 2015 Indoor Championships in Boston, before competing among the nation's best for a trip to the Olympics in Rio.
Evans qualified for the US Olympic Trials with a career-best leap of 6' 1 1/4" (1.86 meters) earlier this spring. The five-time NCAA Division III national champion and eight-time NCAA Division III All-American also holds the all-time Division III record in the women's high jump (6' 0 1/2").
Evans became the second Rose-Hulman graduate to compete in the United States Track and Field Olympic Trials. Four-time All-American and two-time national runner-up Tony Allen competed in both the 1980 and 1984 United States Olympic Trials in the Decathlon.
The academic standout earned undergraduate bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman in 2013. She later completed an engineering management master's degree for her third Rose-Hulman diploma in 2015. Evans has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the past three years for the nationally regarded Fightin' Engineer track and field program.
In addition to five NCAA Division III national championships and eight All-American awards, Evans was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American with two first-team honors. Her eight All-American awards included 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).