Brooks Beast Casimir Loxsom Wins National 600m Title, Breaks American Record
Seattle athlete takes home gold medal from the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships and breaks U.S. record for the second time this year
SEATTLE - March 1, 2015
Brooks Beast Casimir Loxsom set the track ablaze at the 2015 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships by winning the men’s 600-meter run and setting a new American Record of 1:15.33 for the event.
Loxsom broke the tape with a commanding lead to best the former 1:15.58 American Record, which he set last month in Albuquerque, N.M. Brooks Beast teammate Mark Wieczorek finished in a close second place in 1:16.07 to take home the silver medal. The duo battled with Je'von Hutchison and Erik Sowinski, the former U.S. Record holder, over the three loops of the indoor track, ultimately shaking the pack to secure their podium finishes.
“Winning this race feels absolutely incredible,” said Brooks Beast Casimir Loxsom after his race. “Finishing first and having Mark Wieczorek in second is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in track and field.”
Loxsom and Wieczorek weren't the only two who claimed podium spots at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston this weekend. Making her presence known, Brooks Beast rookie Megan Malasarte took home the bronze medal in the women’s 600-meter run in a time of 1:28.98. On the women’s side, Katie Mackey piled onto the medal count by finishing as the runner-up in the 1-mile run. Mackey clocked 4:34.83 in the race and displayed poise and raw speed in the final lap to finish within half a second of the winner, Shannon Rowbury, the current world leader in the event.
“The Beasts team made a statement in Boston, and we are so proud of them,” said Brooks Running Sports Marketing Manager Jesse Williams. “Their unique team environment and training structure are paying off and I can’t wait to see what they can do this spring.”
Other accomplishments from the championship weekend include Brooks at-large runner Matt Elliott finishing fourth in the men’s 1-mile run just a head of Brooks Beast Riley Masters; the two ran 4:03.22 and 4:03.82 respectively. Beasts teammate Garrett Heath was fourth in the 2-mile, finishing in 8:27.99. Lastly, Amanda Mergaert rounded out the top five in her 2-mile run, finishing in 9:49.71.
The USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships exhibited the ever-improving abilities of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts team and the success of its unique training model; it also served to underscore Brooks’ deepening commitment to the sport of competitive running and its athletes.
On its quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running, Brooks continually invests in a number of initiatives that promote a healthy, welcoming competitive environment, like supporting professional athletes and teams at the elite level. The Brooks Booster Club and Inspiring Coach of the Year Award are two additional pieces of the company’s growing stake in all levels of competitive running. Furthermore, the company contributes to collegiate and high school programs throughout the U.S. and sponsors track and cross country meets like the prestigious Mt. SAC Invite and Relays and its own PR Invitational.
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