Former Illini Makes U.S. National Bobsled Team
Oct. 25, 2012
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Former Illini track and field standout Aja Evans (2008-2010) was one of six women's bobsled push athletes to be named to the national team earlier today. On only her third day on ice, Evans broke the Lake Placid track start record with pilot Jamie Greubel.
Evans joins Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, 2010 Olympic bobsledder Emily Azevedo, world championship medalist Katie Eberling and track and field athletes Tianna Madison and Cherrelle Garrett.
The U.S. pushers were evaluated at a combine test and results from the summer push championship and team selection races. During the combine, Evans scored 794 points out of a possible 800, which includes sprints, a broad jump, a weighted throw, max squat and power clean.
At Illinois, Evans was a five-time All-American and a three-time Big Ten champion. The Chicago, Ill., native also holds the shot put school record indoors and outdoors. The indoor mark of 56-0 1/2 (17.08m) was set at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, after Evans was named the Field Co-Athlete of the Championships for her performance. Evans set the outdoor mark of 55-10 1/2 (17.03m) at the conference meet, making her Illinois' first shot put Big Ten champion since 1996.
The World Cup tour kicks off in Lake Placid, N.Y. from Nov. 8-10.