Middle-distance athlete David Torrence whisked into the Peruvian record books twice last month.
The Malibuite, a runner for Peru’s national team, set the South American country’s record in the mile run on June 1 when he won the event at the Massachusetts-based Adrian Martinez Classic in 3 minutes, 53.21 seconds.
The Cal Berkley product set a Peruvian record in the 1,500-meter race 17 days later. He ran the competition in 3:34.67, finishing eighth at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden.
The professional runner said setting records for the Latin American nation has been exciting for him, running fans in the country and the Peruvian Athletics Sport Federation, the governing body of athletics in Peru.
“I’ve been able to break some records and knock on the door for some of the South American track and field records,” Torrence, 31, said.
Thirteen months ago, Torrence, America-born, joined the Peruvian National team to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The switch from the red, white and blue to the red and white of Peru was possible because Torrence’s mother, Malibu Realtor Bianca Torrence, is a native of the country.
So far this year, Torrence has run either the mile, 800-meter, 1,000-meter or 1,500-meter in 12 events in the U.S. and Europe. He finished fifth in the 1,500-meter at a Diamond League meet in Olso, Norway three days before the race in Stockholm. The Malibu resident said the two performances were big for him because the Diamond League, a…