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OGDEN, Utah — Montana State and Montana athletes nearly swept the Big Sky Conference indoor track and field athlete of the week honors in competition at the Montana State Dual Invite last weekend.

MSU distance runner Patrick Casey earned men's track honors while teammate David Phillips was named the men's field athlete of the week. Montana runner Katrina Drennan won the women's track award.

Casey, a sophomore from Laurel, broke the four-minute mile barrier without the altitude adjustment, at 3 minutes, 59.76 seconds. His altitude adjusted time of 3 minutes, 54.59 is a school, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and Big Sky Conference record and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. His time is also the best in the nation so far this year by over a second.

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Drennan, a senior from Orting, Wash., won the mile in a career-best altitude adjusted 4:43.30. Her time is the 16th best in NCAA Division I and is the best effort in the Big Sky so far this season.

Phillips, a junior from Deer Lodge, won the weight throw at the MSU invitational. His 63-foot effort is tied for best in the Big Sky this season. Phillips also finished second in the shot put with a career best 53 feet, 3.5 inches.

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