Casey is Oklahoma's second Outstanding Performer of the Year in school history.
March 6, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. –Oklahoma senior distance runner Patrick Casey has been named the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday from its Irving, Texas, office.
The honor, voted on by the Big 12 Track and Field coaches, follows Casey’s performance at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Ames, Iowa, where he clinched three Big 12 titles in the mile, 1,000-meter run and as a member of the men’s distance medley relay.
Casey became Oklahoma’s second Big 12 high-point scorer in program history when he claimed the title on Feb. 23, and continues that same tradition as only the second male Sooner to be named the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year.
He follows in the footsteps of Mookie Salaam, as the only other Sooner to be named a high-point award winner at the conference meet and the Outstanding Performer of the Year. Salaam took home both honors in 2011.
In his first year donning the Crimson and Cream Casey has broken three individual school records, and assisted in shattering the distance medley relay record at Oklahoma. He ran the fastest mile in OU history (3:56.28) at the Razorback Invitational, clocked a program-record breaking 7:52.80 performance in the 3,000-meter run at the Flotrack Husky Classic and capped his debut at Big 12’s with a 2:22.39 1,000-meter title-winning run to own the top spot in the OU record books.
Casey will anchor the men’s distance medley relay this weekend at the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was implemental in clinching the conference title just a few weeks ago, and helped break the program-record in the event last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.