Evelyn Ashford

Track & Field

High School: Roseville

College: UCLA​

* Double Oympic Gold Medalist 1984 Los Angeles -  100m, 4x100m Relay
* Olympic Gold Medalist 1988 Seoul - 4x100m Relay
​* Olympic Silver Medalist 1988 Seoul - 100m
​* Olympic Gold Medalist 1992 Barcelona - 4x100m Relay
​* National Track & Field Hall of Fame 1997

Evelyn is one of the greatest track and field athletes in American history and is the most decorated Olympic sprinter ever to come from the Sacramento area.  After moving from Shreveport, Louisiana at a very young age, Evelyn attended Roseville High School before going to UCLA on a track scholarship.  As a 19 year-old, she finished 5th in the 100 meters at the 1976 Summer Olympics.  After beating the World Record holders in the 100m and 200m in 1979 at the World Cup of Track and Field in Montreal she was one of the favorites to win a medal at the upcoming 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.  However she never received the opportunity as the United States boycotted the games.


Her glory would soon follow as she became one of only four women to have won four gold medals in Olympic history.  In 1992, she became the oldest American woman at age 35 to win an Olympic gold medal at the Barcelona games.  She has run under the 11 second barrier over 30 times and the first to do so in an Olympic games.  She set the world record in the 100 meters in 1983 and held that record until 1988.  Evelyn was ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News over 100 meters in 1979 and 1981, and over 200 meters in 1981. She also was named Track and Field News "Athlete of the Year" twice, in 1981 and 1984


Her proudest moment was when she was selected to be the flag bearer for the US Olympic team during the opening ceremonies during the 1988 Seoul Games. ​ With six International gold medals and one silver medal, Evelyn was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1997.  Amongst her peers and experts she is regarded to be “one of the greatest track and field runners ever.”   Evelyn’s induction in the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame signifies her accomplishments and longevity to a sport in which she excelled in over a long period of time.  She is remembered for being one of the all-time greats in any sport from our area.