WEDNESDAY, MAY 30: Aaron Evans has been to the NCAA finals before.
Two years ago he was third in the 800 metres and he’s looking to be on the podium again this time, but he’s also looking for something greater.
Evans is seeking to shave one more second off his 800m time and join the growing list of Bermudians qualified for the London Olympics.
Evans clocked a 1:47.31 at the East Regionals last weekend to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
Evans said: “It felt great. I was under control the whole race. It wasn’t a huge effort so I was glad I came away with the fastest time in the east. I am just conserving my energy as I go all the way to August with the London Olympics.”
Evans has targeted the B Qualifying standard of 1:46.30 – just 1.01 faster than he ran this weekend — as the time to run in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6 at the NCAAs.
It’s a mark that Evans has reached before as he holds the Bermuda national record at 1:46.2, but it was outside the qualifying period for the London Olympics.
He said he’s looking “to definitely improve” on his podium finish from two years ago.
“I’m looking to win. If I don’t win, then I’m looking to run amazing time. This is where I planned on getting the Olympic standard because a lot of the fast people I don’t normally get to race during the season, will be at Nationals.”
Evans says he expects to do well as he’s only raced twice on the track in Des Moines, and has won both times he’s been there.
He added the Mondo track is very fast. “I’m looking forward to running there.”
After the NCAA National Championships, Evans will be back on island for the Bermuda National Championships on June 15-16.
His University of Georgia Bulldog teammate Cory Holman, who is an All-American in the decathlon, is coming to take part as well. This season he set a new school record in the indoor heptathlon.
Evans said it was important to give back to Bermuda’s younger athletes and help them run faster.
“I’m going to take them through a faster time than they’re used to going through the 400 – halfway through the 800. I’m going to try and help them as much as I can, because it’s really not about me.
“I’m going to ask Coach (Gerry) Swan what he wants me to go through because I know he’s trying to qualify Shaquille Dill for World’s. I want to put on a good show for people who enjoy watching track.”