Event: High Jump
PR: 2.31/7-7 (indoors) (2000)
Born: April 6, 1979 in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Current Residence: Pine Bluff, Ark.
High School: Pine Bluff (Ark) '97
College: Arkansas '01
Coach: Dick Booth
Career Highlights: Runner-up, 2000 Olympic Trials; placed 13th at 2000 Olympics; 1998 NCAA indoor champion; 5th, 1999 World University Games.
A national champion for Arkansas, Evans continues to improve and is one of the top young high jump prospects in the nation. A natural leaper, Evans first dunked a basketball in the ninth grade. He gave the high jump a try when his high school coach needed jumpers and asked Evans if he would try out for the team. He went on to win three Arkansas state high jump titles. Evans recently told the Associated Press, "Track and field is just something that I'm good at. I didn't do much research. I have no exceptional fascination with the high jump. The high jump just came natural to me." Set personal best of 7-7 at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships, where he finished second.
2000: Placed 13th at Olympics (2.20/7-2.50)...placed 2nd at the
Olympic Trials (2.27/7-5.25)...2nd at NCAA Indoors (PR 2.31/7-7) and 3rd at NCAA
Outdoors...ranked 3rd in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.31/7-7.
1999: Placed 5th, World University Games...3rd, NCAA Outdoors...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 7-6 (indoors).
1998: Won NCAA Indoors and tied for 4th at NCAA Outdoors... ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 7-6 (indoors).
1997: Placed 6th at USA Juniors...best of 7-5.
1996: Best of 7-2.5.
1995: Best of 7-2.