DES MOINES, Iowa — North Knox graduate Liz Evans cleared 6-0 to grab seventh place among 18 participants in the high jump at the USATF Outdoor National Championship over the weekend.
Evans was eighth at last year's meet with a 5-10 clearance, coming up just short on her three attempts at 6-0. Only the top four were better than Evans, as she missed out on fifth place by making the 6-0 clearance in one more attempt.
Vashti Cunningham won the championship, clearing 6-5 without a miss. She was followed by Inika McPherson, 6-4 1/4; Ty Butts, 6-2 1/4; Jelena Rowe, 6-1 1/4; and Amina Smith and Nicole Greene, who also cleared 6-0. Cunningham and McPherson participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Cunningham is the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.
It was the 13th consecutive USATF Championship meet for which Evans has qualified. Her best finish came at the 2015 indoor meet, when she took third. Evans also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016.
A 2009 North Knox graduate, Evans finished fifth in the IHSAA State Finals in the high jump her senior season before putting together a decorated career at Rose-Hulman. She won five NCAA Division III National Championships in the high jump for the Engineers and set the Division III record by clearing 6-0 ½.