MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — With most of the Pacific's top distance runners back home in Tokyo for another meet, all Daniel Galvin wanted to do Saturday was to see how fast he could run the 1,600 meters.
In doing so, the Yokota High sophomore distance specialist continued his assault on the Pacific’s track and field record book. He shattered the region record with a time of 4 minutes, 23.42 seconds in the DODDS Japan finals at Robert D. Edgren High School’s Eagles Field.
That broke the old record of 4:25.88, set a season ago by former Kubasaki star Erik Armes, who transferred to San Diego last summer.
And like last week, when he edged the Pacific record in the 800 in 1:56.89, Galvin says this may only be the beginning.
“I think I can improve in this event,” Galvin said, adding that 4:20 or faster is his goal.
There was only a handful of runners entered in the 1,600; most of Galvin’s main distance competition runs for international schools and were participating in a meet in Tokyo.
Galvin ran the final lap as though it were the 400, pushing him past Armes into Pacific history.
“The weather was nice, beautiful, sunny, warmer than it is at Yokota,” Galvin said. “So I just went out to see how fast I could run.”
“It was kind of a safe race for him to go for it,” said his father, Yokota cross-country coach Dan Galvin, who traveled with the Panthers to Misawa for the meet.
Galvin said he’d been concerned with his times in the season’s first few early meets, when he posted times of 4:32 and 4:30.
“I hadn’t gone under 4:30, and I hadn’t improved in that event until today,” he said.
It’s the third Pacific record broken so far this season. Kubasaki’s 400-meter relay team clocked 42.9 seconds in the season’s second meet, breaking the old mark of 43.34.