Sarah Stevens holds the Hot Springs High School record in both the shot put and discus, which she set as a freshman in 2001, before moving to Fort Collins, Colo., for her final three years of high school.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Former Hot Springs Bison standout athlete Sarah (Stevens) Walker is being inducted into the Arizona State University Athletics Hall of Fame, following a stellar track and field career for the Sun Devils from 2006-2009.
She joins six other former Sun Devil athletes who will all be officially enshrined on Oct. 12 during Arizona State’s football game against Washington State. The Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1975 to honor the school’s most distinguished student-athletes in all sports. Student-athletes become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 10 years after their senior class has graduated.
When contacted following the school’s official announcement of their 2019 class of athletes, Stevens said that it is an amazing honor.
“I’m truly humbled by the entire thing and owe lots of credit to more people than I can count,” she said.
Stevens grew up in Hot Springs and attended school here until her sophomore year, when she moved to Fort Collins, Colo.
But despite not finishing up her high school career in the Blue & White, she certainly still made her mark as a Lady Bison, which included a pair of state titles in the shot put and discus as only a freshman in 2001. Her marks that year also still stand as school records, when she threw 45-7.5 in the shot put and 151-8 in the discus.
After moving to Fort Collins, she won three more state titles in Colorado, and set two more school records for Fort Collins High School, throwing the shot put 50-4.5 and the discuss 171-9. She also held the Colorado State Meet record in the discus for a short time before it was eventually broken by one of the top American discus throwers of today.
Her eight combined state titles in four years from South Dakota and Colorado in discus and shot put then earned her a scholarship to Arizona State University where, according to a press release from ASU, she put together one of the most decorated careers in the history of the Sun Devil track and field program.
Not only did she enjoy significant individual accomplishments during her time in Tempe, but she was also a crucial part of one of the most successful eras in the history of the program. Stevens captured a pair of national championships, received 15 All-American honors, and took home seven Pac-10 championships while wearing the Maroon & Gold.
She dominated the throwing events during her four years at ASU, winning the 2008 NCAA women’s discus national title, as well as the being crowned the 2007 NCAA women’s indoor shot put champion. The points she accumulated on the biggest stage were a big factor in the Sun Devils winning back-to-back NCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field national titles in 2007 and 2008.
In addition to the success on the indoor team, she was a vital part of an outdoor squad that won the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships, helping the women’s program earn a sweep of both NCAA championships that year. Stevens was a major part of all three title runs, the first women’s track & field team titles in school history. She garnered recognition on and off the field, as she was twice named the USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year, receiving the award following the indoor season in 2007 (inaugural winner), as well as after the 2008 outdoor season.
Stevens’ trophy case is littered with All-America honors, highlighted by her selection to the indoor shot put All-America team in each of her four seasons. In addition to her success in the indoor shot, she was a two-time All-American in the outdoor shot put as well. Stevens’ versatility and ability to earn points in multiple events is one of the reasons why she is regarded as one of the top field athletes in school history.
The two-time weight throw and hammer throw All-American excelled in every event she competed in. Rounding out her incredible 15 All-American honors, Stevens also was a 2008 discus All-American. Despite being a decade removed from the completion of an illustrious career, she still finds her name near the top of the school record books.
Her shot put mark of 18.16 meters to win the 2007 national championship is the second-farthest by a female indoors in school history. In addition, her weight throw of 21.59 meters is the third-longest in the history of the women’s program. She has Top-five marks in school history in three different outdoor events. Stevens’ shot put of 18.40 meters (2007) is good enough for the third-best effort by a female Sun Devil, while her Discus throw of 57.73 meters (2007) and Hammer throw of 66.52 meters are fifth in the respective event in women’s program history.
Stevens continued to compete internationally for USA Track & Field. She was the 2011 USA indoor shot put runner-up after posting a mark of 17.96 meters.
She currently lives in Buffalo, Wyo., with her husband Ross. They have three children, including a son Riggs aged 5, a son Ryer aged 4, and a daughter Sloane who is four-months. Sarah is the daughter of Jim Stevens of Hot Springs and Brenda Green of Fort Collins, Colo. Her grandparents Dale and Judy Hansen and Marv Stevens also live in Hot Springs.