TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Liz Evans says, “I spend about 2-4 hours a day every single day. I take one week off per season. That’s been about the last ten years that I’ve been training like that. It comes natural, an overnight success sure, but there’s about eighteen years of hard work behind that statement.”
It’s a big week for high jumper Liz Evans. The North Knox grad and national champion will head to Eugene for the Team USA Track & Field Olympic Trials.
“For me I’ve been high jumping for eighteen years now, “says Evans. “This is my 15th straight national meet so I’ve got a little bit of experience in preparing for these things so I’m not nervous for it, I’m ready for it. I know exactly what I have to do.”
It wasn’t that long ago, Liz was leaping over the record books at Rose-Hulman, now she has her heights set on the ultimate prize.
“This season alone I’ve been about four centimeters higher than previous seasons and with that I’ve got to do within two centimeters of what I’ve normally been doing at every single track meet in order to get into the finals,” says Evans.
“The first goal is to go from the prelims into the finals. When I competed in 2016, I didn’t make the finals. I made the right height I just got it on my third attempt instead of my first attempt which would’ve brought me into that field. So the first goal is for finals and then the second goal is to compete in order for that top 3 spot.”
John Gartland says,”Coaching Liz is much different than the college athletes I still coach because Liz is a veteran, knows the event so well and in a lot of ways is more intelligent about her approach than I am so I think I’m another set of eyes for her and support for her.”
“He’s always on board. Not only my personal cheerleader, but literally always there for me on all of the little things that I want to do, ” says Evans.
There’s a big Wabash Valley support system pushing her into these trials.
“Every single group has said congratulations for making it this year,” says Evans. “We are rooting for you. It’s fun to see a sample size of all of these people who say good job.”
The hard part is just waiting for the weekend.
“There’s no stress in doing what you love so for me there’s not really any nerves it’s just a matter of waiting for the day to happen,” says Evans.
She will compete in the trials this weekend.