Aaron Evans
Aaron Evans

Middle distance runner Aaron Evans says his progress last year was “unexpected”.

Bermuda national 800m record holder Evans is targeting an NCAA title and World Championships semi-final appearance this year.

Evans started the 2011 track and field season with a come-from-behind victory in the 800m at the SEC-Big 12 Challenge last week, setting a time of 1:50.49.

Evans said: “I was very pleased with my 1:50, the night before I ran the DMR (distance medley relay) and split a 1:49 on the 800 leg.

“So for me to run to quality races back to back was a good sign — both were comfortable and under control."

Evans has adjusted his training schedule and workout regimen this season by involving much more mileage in training as well as lifting weights.

He says that he is far stronger now and is eagerly awaiting the outdoor season in which he'll be competing in some 1500m events, although the 800m remains by far his favourite distance.

Evans said his “top goals are to win a national title in the 800 at NCAA's and to make it to the semi-finals at Worlds this year.

“I already made the 'B' standard last year for Worlds so this year should be no different.

“But Worlds is so long from now, not until late August. I just want to stay healthy until then and hopefully be able to peak again after my collegiate season."

Last year was a great one for Evans as he was third at the NCAA National Championships in the 800 and along the way broke Steve Burgess’ 25-year-old Bermuda record.

Evans said: I never ever really thought deep into what it is to be a record holder in something.

“But my friend out here in school put it all in perspective for me in a way that I’ve never thought about it.

I'm the University of Georgia 800m record holder and the University of Georgia has been around since 1785 — that means out of all the people that’s came through here I'm the fastest of all time.

“And the same in Bermuda. I would have never thought I would be running as fast as I do now, and it's crazy that in all of Bermudas existence there’s never been someone faster than me.

“It was all so unexpected how I came into the situation I’m in now. I'm just enjoying these moments while I’m young and in college, not having to work, doing something I enjoy.”