Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles on the individuals who will be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.

Track and field is a sport that can prove beneficial in all aspects of life when an athlete’s career comes to a close.

In the case of former University of Maine standout Johanna Riley Evans, her time on the track in Orono proved rewarding in a variety of ways.

“You form friendships that really do last forever,” Evans said Tuesday. “That was a big part of running track for me. Even though it’s considered an individual sport, it really isn’t because you need support around you to be successful.”

Evans experienced great success in her time in Orono, and the 1998 UMaine graduate will be one of six former Black Bears inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.

Joining Riley are football standout Jake Eaton, field hockey player Margaret Henrick, baseball player Andrew Hartung, soccer player Ted Woodbrey and wrestler and longtime sportswriter and coach Bob McPhee.

“It’s a huge honor for me — it really is,” Evans said. “I’m pretty thankful for the opportunity and excited about the ceremony on Friday.”

Evans, the wife of former UMaine soccer coach Travers Evans, is pursuing her doctorate in Ocean Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

She moved to the Sunshine State in August.

Evans was a versatile track and field athlete who excelled in multiple events.

Perhaps her biggest school record of the eight she established was set during the 1996-1997 indoor season in the pentathlon.

Evans racked up a whopping 3,507 points in winning the New England championship, an achievement she considers one of the benchmarks of her career.

“That was a big moment for me,” Evans said. “Looking back on a big life perspective, all those moments add up to lifelong lessons.”

In addition to her accomplishments in the pentathlon, Evans previously held school records in the high and long jumps, the hurdles and the 4×400-meter relay.

Evans captained UMaine’s outdoor track and field team as a senior in 1998.

Nowadays, Evans enjoys kayaking, biking and obstacle-course racing and has completed in a Tough Mudder and multiple Spartan races, two of the marquee obstacle racing events in the country.

“I did the Spartan Beast last year,” Evans said, noting she competed in the event at Killington, Vermont.

“The funny thing about that race, I knew it was going to be around 13-plus miles, but I had no idea it would take almost six hours. It was a lot of fun.”

Evans said she is enjoying her time in Florida because she is able to do all sorts of year-round outdoor activities such as kayaking, cycling and running outdoors. She is considering taking up scuba diving and snorkeling.

Tickets to the ceremony are on sale and are $50 per person and $25 for children 10 and under. The evening starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be ordered online. Names will be placed on a guest list at the door.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.