Drake Relays Champion Evans Earns Bobsled Bronze
SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Former Drake Relays champion, Aja Evans, along with driver Jamie Greubel, helped push the USA-2 bobsled to the bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, yesterday (2/19/14) with a time of 3:51.61. Evans, who competed collegiately in track and field for Illinois, was the Drake Relays champion in the women's university/college division shot put in 2009 and 2010.
Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of USA-1 claimed the silver medal in a time of 3:50.71, after the Canada-1 bobsled narrowly edged them for the gold in 3:50.61.
Williams, who ran in the 2013 USATF National Championship at Drake Stadium last June, became the first American female and fifth Olympian to medal in events at the summer and winter games. She earned a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2012 London Olympics and a silver in the 100 meters eight years earlier in Athens. Her retirement from track and field last June was unexpected at the time.
The USA-3 bobsled team of six time Drake Relays champion, Lolo Jones and driver Jazmine Fenlator placed 11th in 3:53.97. Jones is scheduled to compete in the 2014 Drake Relays in the elite shuttle hurdle relay.
Jones and Williams were the ninth and tenth US athletes to compete in both the summer and winter games. Jones' legacy on this Olympic team may be the fact that she was one of the biggest reasons why Williams came to bobsledding. She helped sell Williams on the idea last June while both were track and field athletes at the USA championship in Des Moines.