Aaron Evans
Aaron Evans
By Don Burgess 
dburgess@bermudasun.bm 
Breathing heavy, Aaron Evans let out a sigh of relief after winning his semi-final heat. The University of Georgia runner had just qualified for the NCCA 800 metre final by running a 1:46.55 in his heat It was the third time in the last five weeks Evans has gone 1:47.00 or less, breaking the Bermuda national record twice in the progress.
Evans has a good shot at ending up on the podium on Friday as the third semi-final heat winner’s time was 1:48.80.
All in all, he’s remaining modest and is just happy to be among the elite runners in the U.S. collegiate system.
He said: “It was a sigh of relief to win my heat. The hard part is over. Now that I’m in the final I can just get out there and have fun racing against the best. 
“I knew I had to make finals and couldn't just run once since my family —– dad Freddie Evans, brother Ariell Evans, and former Bermuda 800 metre record holder Steve Burgess - flew up to watch me.”
The conditions certainly were not ideal for running – rain and heavy winds made it more suitable for ducks than for people.
“Running in the rain was nothing new,” Evans said. “At the SEC championships when I broke the national record for the first time it was in the rain. The wind was much more of a factor. It was horrible going down the backstretch so I had to tuck in and sit behind some people on the first lap.”
Evans said there is no pressure on him to win the final. 
“Going into Friday I’m just hoping to run a personal best and if I do that it will put me in a good podium position. I’m still a nobody out here, so there's no pressure on me. 
“I’m like the underdog just hoping to beat some people. I plan on just enjoying the moment getting to run where some of the worlds best have.” n
The Bermuda Sun will post Evans results on our website at www.bermudasun.bm on Friday as soon as we have it.
Breathing heavy, Aaron Evans let out a sigh of relief after winning his semi-final heat. The University of Georgia runner had just qualified for the NCCA 800 metre final by running a 1:46.55 in his heat It was the third time in the last five weeks Evans has gone 1:47.00 or less, breaking the Bermuda national record twice in the progress.

Evans has a good shot at ending up on the podium on Friday as the third semi-final heat winner’s time was 1:48.80.

All in all, he’s remaining modest and is just happy to be among the elite runners in the U.S. collegiate system.

He said: “It was a sigh of relief to win my heat. The hard part is over. Now that I’m in the final I can just get out there and have fun racing against the best. 

“I knew I had to make finals and couldn't just run once since my family —– dad Freddie Evans, brother Ariell Evans, and former Bermuda 800 metre record holder Steve Burgess - flew up to watch me.”
The conditions certainly were not ideal for running – rain and heavy winds made it more suitable for ducks than for people.

“Running in the rain was nothing new,” Evans said. “At the SEC championships when I broke the national record for the first time it was in the rain. The wind was much more of a factor. It was horrible going down the backstretch so I had to tuck in and sit behind some people on the first lap.”

Evans said there is no pressure on him to win the final. 

“Going into Friday I’m just hoping to run a personal best and if I do that it will put me in a good podium position. I’m still a nobody out here, so there's no pressure on me. 

“I’m like the underdog just hoping to beat some people. I plan on just enjoying the moment getting to run where some of the worlds best have.” 

The Bermuda Sun will post Evans results on our website at www.bermudasun.bm on Friday as soon as we have it.