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OU's Casey Runs Nation's Best Mile

NORMAN, Okla. – Senior Patrick Casey broke the Oklahoma track and field program record in the mile with a nation-leading time of 3:56.28 at the Randal Tyson Track Complex to win the event on the final day of competition at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

(Photo courtesy OU Sports Information)

Casey’s win was the lone individual victory for the Sooners on the day, who collected three other top-three finishes from Kyle King, Kevin Williams and Andrew Weaver.

Fellow distance runner, Williams, made an impression in the 3,000-meter invitational run when he clocked in at 7:57.93. Although the time did not match his career-best performance of 7:56.58, he recorded the second-lowest time in the country of the 2013 indoor track and field season.

Both King and Weaver followed in their respective distance events after King took third in the open men’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:12.09, and Weaver finished third in the men’s open mile with a 4:08.79 effort. Both finishes were personal-best performances for the pair of Sooners, while King’s time places him on OU’s top-10 performance list with the ninth-lowest time in program history.

Eight other Sooners, including two seniors and one junior, recorded personal-best times on the final day of competition in Fayetteville.

Senior Tre’ Lathan clocked a 7.90 in the 60-meter hurdles semi-finals to have the best output of his career and advance to the finals, while fellow senior Kevin Schwab stopped the watch at 1:52.38 in the men’s mile invitational race.

Junior Erin Jones recorded a 7.47 in the women’s 60-meter dash semifinals to advance to the finals and clock a career-low performance.

A group of five freshmen: Daunica Demerson, Ebanga Arrey, Scott Petersen, Georgina Tamez-Reyna and Allen Eke each improved their times in their respective events.

The Sooners will split next weekend with select athletes traveling to New York, N.Y., for the highly anticipated New Balance Invitational on Feb. 1-2 for one of the nation’s premier indoor meets, while the distance corps will make way to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational.

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