Attending Roseville High School in California, Evelyn Ashford was invited to participate on the all male track team after a football coach noticed her during a phys-ed class and had her race his fastest player, saying "I think you can beat him". She did, and joined the team. She later co-captained the team during her senior year and was one of the first female athletes to receive a full athletic scholarship in the U.S. During her time at UCLA, she won four national collegiate championships. Ashford competed in four Olympic games, winning four gold medals and one silver. Ashford was named Woman Athlete of the Year in 1979. At age 35, she participated as a member of the 4x100 relay team at the 1992 Olympics, becoming the oldest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. Ashford received the Flo Hyman Award in 1989 and was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1997.