Former Cal track star David Torrence ran the fastest 1,500-meter time by an American this year at a meet in Tomblaine, France.
Torrence clocked 3 minutes, 34.19 seconds to finish third in the race at the Stanislas de Nancy meet. The time converts to 3:51.3 for the mile — the same time Jim Ryun ran at Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium in 1966 to set the world record.
Torrence, 27, now sits alone at No. 20 on the all-time U.S. list for the 1,500.
In 2007, he broke Cal’s 50-year-old school record in the mile, running 3:58.62 to eclipse the mark of 3:58.7 set by Don Bowden in 1957 — a time that made him the first American to break the 4-minute barrier.