: Middle Distance
1,500m 3:42.09 (2002); 5,000m 13:24.17 (2003); 10,000m 27:42.91 (2007)
Wheeling (Ill.) HS
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials in 10,000m; 2006 USA Outdoor 10,000m champion; 2002 NCAA XC champion; 2005 & 2008 USA Cross Country 12 km runner-up; 2002 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up; 3rd at 2003 USA Outdoor 5000m
Torres continued to improve in the 10,000 meters in 2007 in posting a new personal best with his fifth place finish at Stanford on April 29 in 27:42.91.Torres found success in his first season running the 10,000 meters, setting a then personal best time of 28:14.43 in winning at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis. Also in 2006 he was the runner-up in the 12 km race and placed fifth in the 4 km race at the 2006 USA Cross Country Championships. Torres enjoyed a strong cross country season in 2005 in finishing as the runner-up in the men's 12 km race at the USA Championships, and placing fifth in the 4 km race. He went on to an impressive performance in the short course race at the World Cross Country Championships, where he placed 13th. Torres' 2005 track campaign was highlighted by a new personal best in the 5,000 meters with his time of 13:20.57 on May 29 at Palo Alto, Calif. Torres had a successful campaign in 2003, making the finals at the World Outdoor Championships. His performances earned him his first #1 U.S. ranking. As a senior at the University of Colorado in 2002, Torres won his first national title at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 25. Torres ran neck-in-neck with Alistair Cragg of Arkansas going down the final stretch but pulled away in the final seconds, crossing the finish line two seconds before Cragg. Torres' triumph came in the course record time of 29:04.7. With his victory, Torres became just the third American in the last 15 years to win the men's NCAA Cross Country Championship. He completed his senior season without losing one race. Torres' best 5,000m in 2002 of 13:26.0 at Stanford was the second-fastest by an American that season. Jorge, the elder Torres brother (by 10 minutes) won the 1998 Illinois Class AA State Cross Country Championship, his third straight state-record, at Peoria's Detweiller Park in 14 minutes, which was the fastest state meet time for the three mile course since 1977. Prior to his three straight titles, he was the runner-up as a freshman. A week later at the Foot Locker Midwest Regionals in Kenosha, Wis., he won the qualifying race in 15:04.00 and set the course record of 15:12 previously held by Bob Kennedy, Adam Goucher and Todd Williams. With his finish, he became the first boy to qualify for four straight national championships. He went on to win the Foot Locker National Championships less than a month later in Orlando, Fla....was an Economics major in CU's College of Arts and Sciences.
2008: 3rd at Olympic Trials in 10,000m (27:46.33)...runner-up at USA Cross Country Champs (27:35.29)...19th at World Cross Country Champs (36:03)
2007: 3rd at Olympic Trials in 10,000m (27:46.33)...5th in 10,000m at USA Outdoors (28:36.85)...4th at Pan Am Games (8:28.48)... 5th at Stanford (27:42.91PR)...ranked #4 in U.S. at 10,000m by T&FN...best of 27:42.91.
2006: USA Outdoor 10,000m champion (28:14.43)...runner-up at USA XC Champs 12 km (35:05)...4th at USX XC Champs 4 km (10:58)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 28:14.43.
2005: 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (13:25.0)...runner-up at 2005 USA Cross Country 12 km (37:14)...5th at USA Cross Country Champs 4 km (11:44)...13th at World Cross Country Champs 4 km (11:58)...7th at Reebok Grand Prix 3,000m (7:56.35)...3rd at Stanford (13:20.57PR)...ranked #7 U.S. at 5,000 by T&FN...bests of 7:56.35 & 13:20.57.
2004: 7th in 5,000m at Olympic Trials (13:41.79)15th at Lille (13:34.74)3rd at USA Cross Country Championships 12 km (35:15)10th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:41.29)...13th at adidas Oregon in 3000m (7:59.09)ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 13:34.74.