Golden Bear Breaks Record At World Juniors

July 15, 2004

GROSSETO, Italy - At IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships today, freshman David Torrence ran 3:43.62 to finish eighth in the men's 1,500-meter finals. With that time, Torrence also set a new Cal freshman record, breaking Richi Boulet's old record of 3:45.87 set in 1992. He will also move up into the Cal all-time Top 10 in the men's 1,500 meter at No. 7.

'I know the race was going to go out faster than the prelims,' Torrence said. 'I tried to maintain my speed when people started passing me then I decided stay with the pack. I just went out to run my race and keep up with the pack then kick at the end to finish strong.'

His time in Italy today is also the fastest ever 1500-meter clocking for any American in the history of the World Junior Championships. The previous standard (3:43.94) was established by multi-time Stanford All-American Gabe Jennings. Additionally, the only Americans ever to place better in a World Junior Championships 1500m final are Jennings (placing 5th at the 1998 World Juniors meet) and former U.S. Olympian Jason Pyrah (5th in 1988 World Juniors in 3:47.94).

Torrence is in Italy as a part of Team USA along with fellow freshman Darren Woods, who is a member of the U.S. Junior 4x400 meter relay team.

'This was a great experience and bigger than I expected,' Torrence said. 'It was great to meet everyone from other countries.'

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