Jan. 25, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma head track and field coach Martin Smith has announced Patrick Casey of Laurel, Mont., has signed a financial aid agreement and has enrolled at the University for the 2012 spring semester. Casey comes to Oklahoma from Montana State University, where he was an indoor standout in the 800-meter run and mile. He is currently ranked as the top returning miler and second-best 800-meter runner in the nation.
“We’re extremely excited to have Patrick join our program,” Smith said. “He’s another excellent addition to our middle distance group. He comes in as a 3:59 miler and with the group we already have, Patrick has the opportunity to be a part of something special here. He’s an asset for us at the conference and national level, and we’re excited about the possibility of fielding one of the best distance medley relays in the nation, as well as the individual mile.”
Casey is the first runner to run a sub-four minute mile in the state of Montana. He ran an adjusted personal-best 3 minutes 54.59 seconds (3:59.76) on Feb. 4, 2011 in Bozeman and also ran a personal-best 1:47.08 adjusted in the 800 last season. He is a three-time All-American, having finished 12th in the mile as a sophomore and third as a freshman at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Casey also earned All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships with an eighth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run. He is a four-time Big Sky champion.
Casey was Montana’s Gatorade Runner of the Year in 2008. He was a six-time state champion at Laurel High School.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue my running and education at Oklahoma,” Casey said. “It's exciting to join one of the best teams in the nation, and I look forward to improving as a student-athlete in my remaining time here.”