Casey wins mile, 1,000 meters in Big 12 indoor meet

2013-02-24T18:27:00Z 2013-07-05T15:54:07Z Casey wins mile, 1,000 meters in Big 12 indoor meetGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 24, 2013 6:27 pm  • 

AMES, Iowa -- Laurel native Patrick Casey won two open events and ran on a winning relay team for the University of Oklahoma over the weekend at the Big 12 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Casey, a senior who transferred to Oklahoma after competing for Montana State for three years, anchored the Sooners’ winning distance medley relay team on Saturday.

On Sunday, Casey clocked a 4:00.81 to win the mile, passing Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in the final 200 meters for the win.

"It was an honest race, I can tell you that," Casey said on the OU athletics website. "I felt good all the way throughout, I never looked up and I figured I would just go all out in the last 200 meters. Thankfully it worked."

Casey is only the second Oklahoma runner to win the men’s mile at the conference indoor meet, and the first since 1960 when Gail Hodgson did it.

Less than an hour after winning the mile, Casey added a victory in the 1,000-meter run -- clocking a school-record time of 2:22.39.

"It's been a tough two days on my legs with all these events, but I knew coming in that I was in shape for this meet," said Casey. "I just wanted to come out and have a positive experience today. My goal coming in was executing the game-plan throughout each race, staying tough and crossing that line first.

"For me, it's just so exciting for me to be able to come out here, and perform like this right now."

Casey has set OU indoor records in the 1,000, mile (3:56.28) and 3,000 (7:52.80) this winter.

Casey was named the men’s High Point Award winner in the meet. He scored 22.5 points to help Oklahoma to a second-place finish in the men’s team standings.

The Sooners will finish the indoor season March 8-9 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

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