SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2013 graduate Liz Evans came home seventh in the high jump at the USATF Outdoor National Championships on Friday night in Sacramento.
Evans cleared 5' 10 3/4" on her first attempt to tie for seventh in a field of 18 national championship contenders. She qualified for the United States Olympic Trials last June and placed 18th overall with a leap of 5' 10 1/2" (1.79 meters).
Evans earned her spot in the 2016 Olympic Trials with a career-best leap of 6' 1 1/4" (1.86 meters) and cleared 6' 1" (1.85 meters) to qualify for this year's national championship event.
This year's effort marked Evans' ninth USATF National Championship women's championship appearance. She finished a career-high third at the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships.
Evans won five NCAA Division III women's high jump national champions at Rose-Hulman and earned eight All-American awards. She 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 in 2016. 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 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).