David Torrence Helps Set 4x800 World Record
BOSTON - Former California Golden Bear David Torrence made some history on Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, running the second leg of the 4x800 relay and setting a new world record. The US All-Stars, comprised of Richard Jones, Torrence, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski, ran a time of 7:13.11, breaking the previous record of 7:13.94 (set in 2000 on the same track). The US All-Stars defeated the NY/NJ Track Club (7:13.22), who also broke the previous record in a very exciting finish on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College.
Torrence, a fromer All-American at Cal, ran the second fasted split in the second leg at 1:47.46 to pull the US All-Stars into contention not only for the event, but for a chance to set a new World Record. Sowinski, as the anchor for the US All-Stars held off a charge from NY/NJ Track Club anchor Michael Rutt.