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David Torrence named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS -- David Torrence earns USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after his record-setting 1,000-meter performance at the Boston University Last Chance Meet, Sunday, March 2.

Torrence (Oakland, Calif.) broke the tape in 2:16.76, surpassing the 12-year-old American record of 2:17.86 set by David Krummenacker in 2002.

A 2008 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, Torrence was an All-America distance runner in his four years as a Golden Bear, and he may already be turning in his most prolific campaign to date at just over two months into the 2014 indoor season.

At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in January, Torrence ran a crucial leg on a team also consisting of Richard Jones, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski, who combined for a phenomenal time of 7:13.11 to break a 14-year-old 4x800m relay world-record.

Torrence gained national attention in 2009, when he won the first ever road mile championships to become the first man to run under four minutes in a road mile in the state of Minnesota. 

Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26, Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence.

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