While balancing both sports, as he did for four years, obviously took its toll and created a fair share of naysayers, Torres continued to improve season after season.
“It’s hard to do that,” Evans says. “You ideally want to do that, but sometimes kids hit plateaus.
“He was able to get through four years dropping significantly every year. I think that’s a tribute to his hardwork.”
Hardwork and tenacity were hallmarks for Torres’ years as a Crescenta Valley track and field distance runner. His drive to be the best saw him juggle track practice and baseball games, track meets and baseball practices. It began as a freshman and carried on as long as his track and field days would take him.
As a freshman, Evans says Torres could have run away with frosh/soph league titles, but, instead, elected to run the league finals on varsity.