Torre eventually ended up at HPU and ran for
the cross country team from 1993-1994 under Coach Vien Schwinn.
He then left HPU to start his own business, Boca Hawai‘i,
a shop in Honolulu where athletes come for training, advice,
and gear for the grueling races that include running, biking,
At the beginning of the 2002 season, Coach Schwinn gave me a
call and said she could use my help as an assistant coach,” said
Torres. “I was very busy at the time, but she convinced
me it wouldn’t take up too much time.”
Torres says he doesn’t plan to change a whole lot in the
way the team is run, but the way workouts are designed will reflect
the style of training that he’s built through the years.
His style has definitely proven effective, not only with HPU,
but with Triathlon competitors everywhere.
I usually train between 20-75 people for a race at Boca Hawai‘i;
we do 10 races a year. It’s great and I have a lot of fun
with it,” said Torres.
While the transition from assistant to head coach can be
overwhelming, Torres seems to be taking it in stride.
There have been a few areas that I needed some help, like paperwork
and other little things,” said Torres. “But everyone
at HPU has been great with helping me pickup the small stuff,
making the transition easy.”
All of the administrative help, as well as the fact that
he uses three assistant coaches, has given Torres the ability
on what he does best. Fortunately for HPU, he’s doing it
better than most, as the 2003 Sea Warrior teams have run away
with two consecutive, first- place finishes to start the season.
At the Chaminade Invitational, Sept. 6 at the BYU-Hawai‘i
course, the men’s and women’s teams both dominated
the competition earning five of the top-10 spots in the race.
In a field including UH-Hilo, BYU-H, Chaminade, and Cal State
University-Monterey Bay, sophomore sensation William Ngetich,
senior team captain Abdelsam Naji, and sophomore Harry Buerkle
finish first, second, and third, respectively. Senior Sam Macharia
finished seventh, and newcomer sophomore Aaron Norton finished
ninth to secure the victory.
The women’s race would end with senior star Nina Christensen
returning to form with a second-place finish just behind BYU-H’s
Chelsea Smith, and followed by sophomore Rachelle Miller and
junior Janine Brown who crossed the finish line in third and
fourth, respectively. Junior Heather Postema and sophomore Masako
Sagawa weren’t far behind finishing seventh and eighth,
giving HPU a low 24 points.
The results were similar a week later at the BYU-H Invitational
held again at the BYU-H course, with Ngetich gaining his
second victory in a row and Naji coming in second. Norton
to fourth place and Junior Chris Larson came in sixth,
victory with 32 points.
The women’s team had another dominating performance finishing
in six of the top 10 positions. Christensen had another close
second place finish, followed by Brown (third place), Miller
(fourth place), Postema (fifth place), Sagawa (sixth place),
and Junior Kendra Byrd coming in eighth place for an amazingly
low 20 points for the team.
If this is any sign of things to come for HPU cross country,
plan on hearing Torres’ name well into the future.
This is a great team, and I got to know most of them last season,” said
Torres. “They are a very motivated group and have shown
so much improvement already. I feel that helping athletes succeed
is just as gratifying as actually racing myself.”