INDIANAPOLIS—USA Track & Field named Cas Loxsom (above/photo courtesy USA Track & Field) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts as its athlete of the week following his outstanding performance at the University of New Mexico Lobo Open on Saturday, January 24 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
in his first race of the season, Loxsom set a new American indoor record in the 600 meters with his winning time of 1:15:58, breaking the previous record of 1:15.61 set in 2013 by Erik Sowinski.
“Going into the race, I knew what the record was,” said Loxsom, “I knew I was on pace through the 400. Once I crossed the finish line, I was just waiting for that record to come up. It was a big feeling of satisfaction.”
The Penn State alum was ranked #5 in the USA at 800 meters last year, and finished second in the USA outdoor championships in Sacramento at that distance.
Loxsom is scheduled to race at the New Balance Grand Prix meet in Boston next week in the 1000 meters. He and the rest of the Brooks Beasts squad are currently spending several weeks training at altitude in Albuquerque before returning to Seattle
NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.