Aaron Evans
Aaron Evans

Proper preparation prevents poor performance - just ask Aaron Evans.

The University of Georgia student is fresh off yet another podium display having grabbed a silver medal at last weekend's NACAC Under 23 championships in Florida.

Evans finished runner up in the 800 metres in a time of 1:47.79 seconds to provide another reminder of why he is considered as one of the island's top runners.

So what is his formula for success?

“I've been running more and training harder,” Evans replied. “I'm more dedicated to my training and really see what can be achieved from it.”

Evans arrived in Florida last week with modest expectations and so it took a bit of time to sink in after he had earned a place on the podium.

“It was a shock to me and I'm just happy that I was able to do it,” he said. “It was the hottest competition I've ran and so it was tough. But everyone in Bermuda had my back, and it feels great to have that sort of support.”

The island's 800 metre record holder will now turn his attention to this month's CAC Games in Puerto Rico where he intends to put his “best foot forward” in the hopes of medaling.

“It's been a long season and I'm hoping I can get a medal,” Evans added. “I just want to finish the season on a good note.”

To say the least, this season has been phenomenal for the Bermudian who place third in the 800 metres at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Oregon and set multiple national and school records over the same distance.

“I'm just happy and blessed with my performances this year that I'm thankful for,” Evans said.

The top runner will represent Bermuda at this year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and also has his sights set on qualifying for the 2012 London Games.

“Hopefully next year I can improve because I'm looking to go to the World Championships and the Olympics in 2012,” he added. “Every year I plan to get a little better and right now I think I'm on the right track.”

Arguably Evans' biggest fan is father Fred who accompanied his son to Florida.

“Aaron has an inner toughness that he demonstrates on the track,” he said. “He's just a tough little son of a gun who likes to make the podium and that's what he runs for.”

The Whitney Middle School principal says athletics runs deep in his son's veins but takes no credit for it.

“He's definitely his mother's child,” the senior Evans smiled. “As you know his mother (formerly Gina Smith) was a world class 800 and 1500 metres runner so he gets that part naturally.

“He is following in his mom's footsteps - I just ran fast enough to catch her.”

Also competing in Florida last week was promising sprinter Tre Houston who took delight from running a personal best 21.04 in the 100 metres.

He said: “I was very pleased with my performance. I went out there and put my best foot forward and so I'm very proud of myself.”

Despite running the fifth fastest time the U.K.-based athlete missed out qualifying for the final by one hundredth of a second.

“Unfortunately I didn't make it to the final, but I've been through this numerous times before and things happen like that sometimes,” said a philosophical Houston.

“The guy that ran faster than me ran a 21.03 while I ran a 21.04. It's sad but I'm proud to have run a big PB and now I'm looking to go Puerto Rico (CAC Games) and put it down again.”