Cas Loxsom Breaks 600-Meter U.S. Record

Mark set at college meet in Albuquerque

Loxsom broke the record set by Erik Sowinski in 2013 by 0.3 seconds. (PhotoRun)

On Saturday, Casimir Loxsom narrowly beat the indoor 600-meter American record in Albuquerque. His 1:15.58 broke the previous record of 1:15.61 set by Erik Sowinski in 2013.

“I love running the event,” Loxsom told Outside during a phone call from his team training base in Albuquerque. “It was still a low-key-college-meet, season-opener mentality—we certainly weren’t treating it as any more than that.”

Loxsom, 23, is a former standout at Penn State and a runner-up in the 800 meters at the World Junior Championships, NCAA, and USATF. In his final year of collegiate eligibility, he ran 1:15.42 over 600 meters at the 2013 Big 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships. It was an all-time, all-conditions best by both an American and a collegian, as well as the third-fastest time ever run in the event indoors worldwide. However, due to the oversized 300-meter track, the time was ineligible for record purposes.

“Technically, I don’t even have to [run faster than I ever have before] to set the record,” Loxsom said of his thoughts going into the race. At the Lobo Collegiate Invite, the time was run on a regulation 200-meter banked track.

Loxsom’s record is the first for the fledgling Brooks Beasts Track Club, which formed in 2013 in Seattle. The 600-meter distance will be contested at the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships, which will take place in Boston from February 27 to March 1. 

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