Former Illini headed to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games
Three-time Big Ten Champion
Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships Record-Holder
Two-time School Record-Holder
2010 Track and Field Outdoor: Took seventh in the shot put at the USA Championships with a mark of 54-9 ½ (16.70m) ... Placed 11th in the shot put at the NCAA Championships while picking up her fifth career All-America accolade for finishing among the top-eight American competitors ... Scored in the shot put at Big Ten Championships with a runner-up finish and mark of 55-0 ¼ (16.77m) ... Was Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week three straight times (April 7, 14, 21) ... Went undefeated during the regular season in the shot put, winning the event title at all five meets - Mike Poehlein Invite (55-5), Sea Ray Relays (55-1), LSU Alumni Gold Invite (55-9), Drake Relays (51-7), and Illinois Twilight (55-0 ¼).
Indoor: Earned her fourth All-America honors in the shot put for finishing among the top-eight Americans at the NCAA Championships after placing 10th overall with a mark of 53-5 ¾ (16.30m) ... Was named the Field Co-Athlete of the Championships and notched the Big Ten Championships record and reset her own school record in the shot put with a mark of 56-0 1/2 (17.08m) to take home the conference crown and garner first-team All-Big Ten honors ...Won the shot put title at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic and finished in the top three at the three other meets she competed in the event ... Earned a first-place finish in the 60m dash with a personal-best time of 7.63 at the SASF Invitational.
2009 Track & Field Outdoor: Competed in the shot put at the USA Championships for the second consecutive year, placing 14th (50-6 ¼) ... Placed fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 53-11 1/4, earning the third All-America honor of her career and her first in the outdoor season ... Marked a season-best 54-10 ¾ in the shot put in the qualifying round at NCAA's ... Won the shot put title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships for the second year in a row (54-4 ¾) and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors ... Also led off the 4x100m relay that was third at Big Ten's (45.84) ... Was seventh in the shot put at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, also competing in the 4x100m relay at regionals... Won a total of five shot put titles in 2009, winning the event at the Drake Relays (52-11 ½), LSU Alumni Gold (53-11), UCF Invitational (52-9 ½) and Illinois Invitational (54-9 ¼) to go along with her Big Ten crown ... Was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week twice during the season, after her winning performances at LSU and the Illinois Invitational ... Led off the 4x100m relay that placed first and ran a season-best time of 45.68 at the Illinois Invite.
Indoor: Earned the second All-America accolade of her career by placing fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a throw of 55-0 3/4 ... That performance reset her own Illinois school record in the event ... Was second in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (50-7 1/4), also running the 60m ... Hit the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the shot put six times throughout the season ... Won the shot put title at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a then personal-best throw of 55-0 1/4 ... Also placed first in the shot put at the EIU Friday Night Special and Carle/Health Alliance Classic and was second in the event at the Iowa State Classic ... Earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors after her performance at Eastern Illinois ... Ran a personal-best 7.65 in the 60m in prelims at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic ... Was fourth in the 60m at the Indiana Open, timing 7.68 in prelims.
2008 Track & Field Outdoor: Represented the United States and competed in the shot put at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Athletic Association Under-23 Championships ... Competed in the shot put at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials ... Also competed in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Was sixth in the shot put at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (53-4 1/2) ... Big Ten champion in the shot put, setting an Illinois school record, Big Ten Outdoor Championships record and Illinois Track & Soccer Stadium record with a mark of 55-10 1/2 ... Illinois' first shot put conference champion since 1996 ... Was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after winning the shot put at the Illinois Twilight (55-8 1/4) ... Also won shot put titles at the Hurricane Challenge and Brutus Hamilton Invitational ... Ran on the 4x100m relay that posted a regional qualifying time of 45.57 at the Hurricane Challenge.
Indoor: All-American in the shot put, placing ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships (53-9) ... Competed in the shot put and the 60m at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Set Illinois school record in the shot put at the Iowa State Classic with a mark of 54-8 1/4 ... Won shot put title at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational (53-3 3/4) ... Took fourth in the shot put at the Meyo Invitational (50-0 1/2) ... Ran season-best 60m time of 7.71 at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational.
AT UNLV 2007 Track & Field Outdoor: Took sixth in the shot put at the NCAA West Regional (49-7 1/4) ... Placed sixth in the shot put at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.
Indoor: Placed second at the Mountain West Indoor Championships in the shot put (48-11 1/2) ... Also ran a season-best in the 60m at the conference championships (7.68).
Four-year letterwinner in track and field ... Named a high school All-American three times ... Holds high school varsity record in the shot put ... High school coach was Derrick Calhoun ... City champion in shot put in 2006 ... Took fourth in the 100m and seventh in the shot put at state meet in 2005 ... Helped lead team to Chicago city championships in 2003 and 2004 ... Named the 2006 Negro College Funds Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Full name is Aja L. Evans ... Daughter of Sequocoria Mallory ... Born May 12, 1988 ... Has two siblings, Racheal and Fred ... Brother, Fred, plays in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings ... Cousin is Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr ... Uncle is Gary Matthews, the former batting/first base coach for the Chicago Cubs and longtime major league player ... Favorite athlete is Jackie Joyner-Kersee ... Majoring in sport management ... Plans to attend graduate school for business administration ... Mother most influenced her track and field career.
Evans' Personal Bests Outdoor
Shot Put: 55-10 ½ (17.03m)* - Big Ten Championships (5/17/08)
60m: 7.63 - SASF Invitational (1/16/10)
Shot Put: 56-0 ½ (17.08m)* - Big Ten Championships (2/27/10)