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Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST - ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou’s Schweizer Comes Back Home For the Drake Relays

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
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Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST – ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017

 

The Urbandale, Iowa, native and Dowling Catholic graduate will compete in the University/College Division 5,000 meters Friday, April 26, at 7:53 p.m. The current record of 15:31.18 was set by Cathy Branta-Easker of Wisconsin in 1985, 11 years before Schweizer was born.  Schweizer owns a personal best of 15:18.69 in the event, set last summer at the USA Track & Field Championship.

 

“The Drake Relays holds a special place in my heart and it means the world for me to be able to come back to race in my hometown,” Schweizer said. “If I were able to set a record at this year’s Relays, it would be the cherry on top to a long career of running on the Blue Oval!”

 

Schweizer has won five total NCAA Championships at Missouri including indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters this season. The budding star competed in the elite invitational section of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished eighth in a race that featured 11 professional runners and six Olympians.

 

“For generations, the Drake Relays has helped cultivate and provide a showcase for the best talent in the state of Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Karissa is one of those talented athletes that our fans have watched grow up before their eyes on the Blue Oval. She’s made history at Missouri and we’re honored that her final race as a collegian at Drake Stadium has the potential to be a record-setting performance. Fans that have supported Karissa and anyone who enjoys watching Iowans make history won’t want to miss Thursday night at the Drake Relays.”

 

All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com.

Maddie Irman-Assumption-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

Panthers Win 9 in Terra Haute

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program won nine events on Saturday, as the men took first at the Gibson Invitational to open the outdoor season on a high note.

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Overall, UNI won 11 events on the weekend to dominate the field in Terre Haute. The men won the Gibson Invitational with 229.50 points, while the women placed third with 145 points.

Individually, Martavian Borseth (triple jump), Thomas Yezek (discuss throw), Kyler Yodts (shot put), Isaiah Trousil (100, 200), Evan Long (400), Jacob Smith (400 hurdles) and Maddie Bell (200) all took first in their respective events on Saturday, while the team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith and Connor Blough won the 4×400.

The most dominant performance for UNI on Saturday came in the shot put as the Panther men took spots 1-5, with Yodts taking the event with a mark of 58-08.50. The great showing in the field continued over to discuss throw as Yezek won the event, while Isaac Holtz and Darius King took second and fifth respectively. On the track, Trousil swept sprints after taking the 100 and 200-meter in Terre Haute to kick off the outdoor season. Jacob Smith also took two events, after winning the 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay.

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

On the women’s side, Maddie Bell took the lone win after capturing the 200-meter with a time of 24.46. In the field, the Panther women placed three throwers in the top-5 of the discuss throw as Hope Koerperich (second), Sarah Pate (third) and Anna Hoyman (fifth) all turned in successful days.

UP NEXT
A select group of Panthers will head to Iowa City, Iowa on April 14 for the Musco Twilight, closing out the opening weekend of the outdoor season for UNI.

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Gibson Invitational
Saturday, April 7 – Terre Haute, Indiana

Men’s Team Score

  1. UNI – 229.50
  2. Indiana State – 205
  3. Milwaukee – 50
  4. Valparaiso – 43.5
  5. Bradley – 40

Women’s Team Score

  1. Indiana State – 263
  2. Western Michigan – 160.5
  3. UNI – 145
  4. Milwaukee – 54.5
  5. Bradley – 40
  6. Valparaiso – 26
  7. IUPUI – 19

Top 5 Finishers

Men
HJ: Cameron Cantrall (2nd, 6-08.00)
LJ: Martavian Borseth (3rd, 22-04.25)
TJ: Martavian Borseth (1st, 46-10.75)
DT: Thomas Yezek (1st, 171-09), Isaac Holtz (2nd, 168-05), Darius King (5th, 149-08)
SP: Kyler Yodts (1st, 58-08.50), Willy Blaser (2nd, 57-00.25), Isaac Holtz (3rd, 55-10.25), Darius King(4th, 55-02.25), Keegan Tritle (5th, 54-06.50)
100m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 10.57), Tayshaun Cooper (3rd, 10.85), Matt Turcotte (5th, 10.93)
200m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 21.49), Tayshaun Cooper (2nd, 21.70), Elijah Hicks (3rd, 22.12)
400m: Evan Long (1st, 47.98), Sven Van Den Bergh (2nd, 48.24), Corey Hertz (4th, 48.68), Connor Blough (5th, 49.42)
800m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 1:52.67)
1500m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 3:56.07)
110h: Cole Phillips (2nd, 14.55), Cade Kirkpatrick (4th, 15.10)
400h: Jacob Smith (1st, 51.84), Jojo Frost (2nd, 52.78)
3000m: Alex Jackson (3rd, 9:25.58)
4×100: Dan Blocker, Eli Hicks, Matt Turcotte, Jacob Smith (1st, 41.10), Isaiah Trousil, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Jojo Frost (2nd, 41.17)
4×400: Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith, Connor Blough (1st, 3:15.10), Corey Hertz, Blake Langhurst, Bryce Newcomb, Seb Gearhart (3rd, 3:20.44)

Women
HJ: Kassidy Sharp (2nd, 5-05.00)
LJ: Brooke Lorenz (3rd, 18-00.25)
TJ: Kassidy Sharp (4th, 36-09)
DT: Hope Koerperich (2nd, 155-02), Sarah Pate (3rd, 145-06), Anna Hoyman (4th, 142-08)
100m: Maddie Bell (3rd, 12.10), Taylor Raines (4th, 12.23)
200m: Maddie Bell (1st, 24.46), Maddie Irmen (5th, 25.26)
400m: Jolissa Kriegel (4th, 59.83)
1500m: Brette Correy (3rd, 4:30.31), Tiffany Christensen (4th, 4:36.65)
4×400: Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Lyndsie Schinkel, Jolissa Kriegel (2nd, 3:52.39), Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz, Erica Loussaert, Chaley Rath (5th, 4:10.92)

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central High School
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Ducks’ Phelps is Making a Statement Out West

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

The UO track and field programs hosted the Pepsi Invitational on Saturday, and swept the men’s and women’s team titles. The Ducks did so despite less than favorable conditions, which couldn’t dampen Cash’s spirits after she completed a 3,000-meter race.

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“It was good; I was really excited just to get back out there,” Cash said. “Our team just does a great job of saying, ‘We’re the Ducks. This is us, this is Oregon.’ ”

Hayward Field magic might have appeared in liquid form Saturday, but it appeared nonetheless.

Maddie Rabing and Kiana Phelps showed early Saturday afternoon they’d gotten the message. Rabing won the hammer with a throw of 194 feet, 10 inches, and Phelps took first in the discus with a mark of 156-3. Then, they went 2-3 in the shot put to squirrel away more team points for Oregon.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2018

Schweizer, Kleve and Thomas Post Big Marks Out West

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou  ©Darren Miller 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Darren Miller 2017

Making her collegiate debut in the 10,000m run, Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) set the school record in a third-place finish in the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. Schweizer finished third in the invitational heat behind professional runners Gwen Jorgenson (Nike – Bowerman TC) and Carrie Dimoff (Bowerman TC), crossing the finish line at 32:00.55, the eighth-best all-time mark in NCAA history, according to the USTFCCCA.

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Schweizer led for parts and stayed near the front pack for the majority of the race, as her third-place finish at 32:00.55 is the top collegiate performance this season, and is eighth all-time on the collegiate list as she checks in behind Anna Rohrer’s (Notre Dame) 2017 time of 31:58.99. Schweizer surpassed teammate redshirt junior Jamie Kempfer‘s (Festus, Mo.) previous school record mark of 33:09.67 by more than a full minute, a mark which Kempfer set at last year’s Stanford Invitational. Schweizer now holds five school records, as she already holds the outdoor 5000m run (15:18.69), indoor mile run (4:26.54), indoor 3000m run (8:41.60) and indoor 5000m run (15:17.31). Each of Schweizer’s indoor marks rank in the top-10 all-time on the collegiate list, while her outdoor 5000m run time ranks 19th.

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Nearby in the bay, Mizzou had five runners set personal record marks in the 5000m run at the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival. Three Tigers finished in the top-50 in the women’s race, as redshirt sophomore Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) finished 24th at 17:23.04, redshirt sophomore Sophia Racette (Nixa, Mo.) finished 35th at 17:32.52 and junior Hannah Thomas(Urbandale, Iowa) finshed 50th at 17:45.58. Racette and Thomas each set personal records. In the men’s race, redshirt junior Zach Cook (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore Michael Widmann (Naperville, Ill.) each set personals bests, finishing at 14:50.69 and 14:59.24, respectively.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Schweizer Eyes 10K at Stanford

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Mizzou Track & Field will split this weekend’s slate of competition, as 10 distance runners will compete at either the Stanford Invitational or the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in California on Friday, while 33 athletes head to Mississippi for the Ole Miss Classic on Saturday.

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  • A live stream of the Stanford Invitational and SFSU Distance Carnival will be available on Saturday on FloTrack for a fee. Live results will be available for all three meets.
  • Senior Karissa Schweizer and redshirt senior Megan Cunningham will be on display at the Stanford Invitational, as the duo will run in the 10,000m run invitational at 11:07 p.m. (CT)/9:07 p.m. (PT) on Friday. The pair are Mizzou’s only entries in the Stanford meet, which serves as one of the top meets for distance runners in the outdoor season. Schweizer is coming another impressive showing on the national stage at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 9-10), where she became the fifth female in NCAA history to win the 3000m and 5000m national titles in the same meet. The two national titles gave Schweizer five for her career, more than any other athlete in Mizzou history. Cunningham is coming off great success as well, as she captured the 5000m conference title at the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 25) in her most recent performance.
  • Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer won her fourth and fifth career national titles at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the most decorated national champion in Mizzou history, as she surpassed former wrestler J’den Cox‘s three national titles. Schweizer became the fifth female in NCAA history to win the 3000m and 5000m national titles in the same NCAA Indoor meet, as she joins Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel (2016), Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino (2013 & 2014), Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego (2007) and Providence’s Kim Smith (2004).
  • Schweizer’s two national titles led Mizzou to a ninth-place finish with 20 points, its fourth-best finish in program history. The finish only trails Mizzou’s seventh-place finish in 2001, and its eighth-place finishes in 1989 and 2017. The ninth-place finish marks the fourth time in the last five seasons Mizzou has finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Indoor Meet, a feat that only 11 female programs have accomplished.
  • First, Schweizer led the 5000m race wire-to-wire, as she pulled away from 2017 NCAA Cross Country National Champion Ednah Kurgat (New Mexico) with two laps remaining to finish at 15:43.23 and secure her fourth national title. Schweizer’s 2018 title is the fourth 5000m run national title in program history, as she is preceded by Sabrina Dornhoefer’s 1985 outdoor title, as well as her own indoor and outdoor titles in 2017. With the win, the Tiger senior becomes the fifth female in NCAA history to win back-to-back indoor 5000m run national championships (event began in 1989), and the first since Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won in 2013 and 2014.
  • Next, Schweizer led the 3000m run for a vast majority of the race, as she took the lead a few laps into the 3000m race, and never looked back. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander stayed near Schweizer for much of the race before the Tiger senior pulled away in the final lap to take the victory at 8:53.36, the third-fastest 3000m time at the NCAA Indoor meet. Schweizer’s title is the first 3000m run national title in program history, and the eighth overall 3000m run All-America honor in program history, as Schweizer is preceded by a Sabrina Dornhoefer (second at 1984 indoor, fourth at 1984 outdoor), Susan Bliss (eighth at 1990 Indoor, ninth at 1990 outdoor, 11th at 1991 indoor), Ann Marie Brooks (second at 2001 indoor) and herself (second at 2017 indoor). Schweizer’s eight overall All-America honors match Dornhoefer for the second-most in program history, regardless of gender, and only trails Kearsten Peoples‘ 10 All-America honors.
Notre Dame

Frazier Help Irish in Nashville

Matt Frazier-Dowling-Notre Dame ©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

Matt Frazier-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Fighting Irish Athletics 2018

The Notre Dame distance runners competed in three events Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Black and Gold Invitational. Dustin Macuiba and Erin Sullivan earned top-five finishes on the final day of competition down in Nashville.

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In the 2000m steeplechase, Macuiba led the way for the Irish finishing third overall with a time of 6:02.52. Anthony Williams finished sixth in the event (6:05.21) and Sean Kurdy was not far behind with an eighth-place finish (6:18.62).

To close out the meet for the Irish, Erin Sullivan and Matt Fraizer competed in the 800m run. Sullivan was coming off a personal-best time in the 800m at the ACC Indoor Championships and had a strong race Saturday in Nashville. She finished fourth out of a field of 21 runners with a time of 2:15.70. Fraizer finished 18th on the men’s side with a time of 1:57.23.

Up Next

The Irish will split up next weekend at the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays. Both meets will start on Friday, March 30 and conclude on Saturday, March 31.

Amy Rudolph-Drake
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Accolades For Drake Coach Amy Rudolf

Amy Rudolph-Drake ©Drake Athletics

Amy Rudolph-Drake
©Drake Athletics

Amy Rudolph, an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Drake University, has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s 19 Influential Women by pennlive.com. 

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The website, operated by the Harrisburg Patriot-News, published the list in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. A native of Ridgeway, Pa., Rudolph competed at Kane Area High School. She was joined on the list by luminaries in Pennsylvania history such as Betsy Ross, Gertrude Stein, Ida Tarbell, Billie Holiday and Grace Kelly. Click here to view the full list of 19 Influential Women of Pennsylvania.

One of the top distance runners in American history, Rudolph was a two-time Olympian and a finalist in the 5,000 meters at the 1996 Olympics, finishing 10th. That same year, she set the then American record in the 5,000 meters at 14:56.04.

Rudolph was also a seven-time member of U.S. World Championship teams and was a three-time USA National Champion. In 1996, she was the USA Champion in the 10,000 meters and followed that with a pair of USA Indoor national titles in the 3,000 meters in 1997 and 2002.

As a collegian at Providence College, Rudolph was a two-time NCAA Champion and a 10-time All-American. Following her competitive career, Rudolph served as an assistant track & field and cross country coach at Providence College, Bryant University and Auburn University.

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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Hawks Off to Good Start Outdoors

Mallory King-Assumption-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2018

Mallory King-Assumption-Iowa
©Mike Brynes 2018

The University of Iowa track and field team concluded its first outdoor meet of the season with 11 total event champions at the Willie Williams Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Iowa added four more event titles on Saturday after claiming seven during Friday’s competition.

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EVENT CHAMPIONS
The Hawkeyes took home titles in two of the first three events on Saturday. The men’s 4×100 meter relay of freshman Tyree Sorrells, senior O’Shea Wilson, sophomore Antonio Woodard, and junior Mar’yea Harris ran 39.69 to win their first 4×100 relay of the year.

Iowa was the only team to run under 40-seconds.

Shortly after the relay, sophomore Jenny Kimbro won the 100-meter hurdles. Kimbro, a Big Ten 60-meter hurdle finalist, ran 13.82 to win her first 100-meter hurdle title in her career.

Junior Andy Jatis opened his 2018 outdoor season with a tie for first place in the pole vault. Jatis cleared 4.90 meters (16-0.75).

Senior Brittany Brown, who won the 200 meters yesterday, returned to the track to win the 100 meters with a time of 11.44 seconds.

HAWKEYE FLYING OBJECTS
In the women’s discus, sophomore Laulauga Tausaga finished third overall with a best throw of 56.54  meters (185-6), but freshman Konstadina Spanoudakis started her outdoor season in a big way with the third best throw in program history. Spanoudakis threw 52.11 meters (170-11) for a fourth place finish.

Junior Reno Tuufuli finished the shot put as the top collegian in the field. Tuufuli threw 17.92 meters (58-9.50). After winning the discus throw last night, Tuufuli leaves Arizona undefeated against collegiate competition.

MIDDLE DISTANCE MADNESS
The Hawkeyes had 19 athletes compete in either the 400 meters or 800 meters with four clocking personal bests — Tashee Hargrave (400 meters, 55.46), Talia Buss (400 meters, 55.81), Mallory King (400 meters, 56.28), and Chris Thompson (400 meters, 47.9).

In addition, Hargrave (fifth), sophomore Collin Hofacker (third), and sophomore DeJuan Frye (fifth) finished in the top-five in the 400 meters.

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes take a week off from competition before splitting up to compete in the Florida Relays, Texas Relays, and Stanford Invitational March 28-31.

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

Staebler Earns All American Status

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The Iowa State women’s night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships was highlighted by Jhoanmy Luque‘s seventh place finish and First Team All-America honors in the long jump. Jasmine Staebler earned Second Team All-America honors in the 800-meter run, as she just missed out on making the final.

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Luque earned the Cyclones two team points, putting the Cyclones in a tie for 29th place in the team standings.

Luque was one of the few to get on the board in the first round, as she was amongst the leaders with a first leap of 20-5 3/4 (6.24m). Her third jump was her best at 20-6 1/2 (6.26m), but the rest of the field caught up to her, as she went from fourth to seventh. She was consistent in the final round, posting a pair of 20-5 3/4 (6.24m) in the fifth and sixth round, but staying in the same spot of seventh.

The effort saw her earn First Team All-America honors for the fourth time in her career, and for the first time in the indoor long jump. Luque is now a nine-time All-American during her ISU career heading into tomorrow’s triple jump.

Staebler was caught up in traffic throughout the race and struggled to move up the field. On the final lap, Staebler looked to make her move on the backstretch on the outside, but literally ran into traffic that saw her finish the heat in sixth. Despite being in the faster of the two heats, her placing of sixth in the section kept her out of contention from advancing. ISU protested the race due to the contact, but was unable to get anything out of it, she first runner out of tomorrow’s final, just 0.27 seconds out. Staebler’s ninth-place finish earned her Second Team All-America honors, she is now a three-time All-American in her Cyclone career.

Up Next
Luque is back in action tomorrow in the triple jump final, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Team Scores (Women): 1. Georgia – 33; T-29. Iowa State – 2

Iowa State Results
800m Run Prelims (W): 1. Sammy Watson – Texas A&M – 2:03.55; 9. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:05.02
Long Jump (W): 1. Kate Hall, Georgia – 22-1 (6.73m); 7. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 20-6 1/2 (6.26m)

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics

Schweizer Double Trouble at Natties!

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Friday Night

Mizzou Track & Field claimed two All-America honors on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, as senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) won her fourth career national championship in the 5000m run, while redshirt freshman Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Ill.) finished seventh in the men’s long jump. With the national title, Schweizer becomes the first student-athlete in Mizzou Athletics history to win four NCAA Titles, surpassing Mizzou Wrestling’s J’den Cox (2014, 16-17).

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KARISSA SCHWEIZER

Schweizer led the race wire-to-wire, as she pulled away from 2017 NCAA Cross Country National Champion Ednah Kurgat (New Mexico) with two laps remaining to finish at 15:43.23 and secure her fourth national title. Schweizer’s 2018 title is the fourth 5000m run national title in program history, as she is preceded by Sabrina Dornhoefer’s 1985 outdoor title, as well as her own indoor and outdoor titles in 2017. With the win, the Tiger senior becomes the fifth female in NCAA history to win back-to-back indoor 5000m run national championships (event began in 1989), and the first since Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won in 2013 and 2014.

It’s the sixth overall 5000m run All-America honor in program history, as the four title-performances are joined by a sixth-place finish from Ann Marie Brooks at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Meet, and third-place finish from Schweizer at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Meet. The race was Schweizer’s final indoor 5000m run in her collegiate career, as her time of 15:17.31, which she set at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2), currently ranks as the fifth-best time in collegiate history.

Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer

On her performance in the race…

“I feel very good about it. I’m never really comfortable leading the whole thing, but I think I did better than I have done in the past, and I was excited about that. I had a lot of confidence in the pace I was running and I had to make sure I was feeling comfortable, and was ready at the end.”

Saturday

Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) won her fifth career national title and second in as many days as the Tiger senior won the 3000m run at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday in College Station. Schweizer becomes the fifth female in NCAA history to win the 3000m and 5000m national titles in the same NCAA Indoor meet, as she joins Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel (2016), Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino (2013 & 2014), Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego (2007) and Providence’s Kim Smith (2004).

Schweizer’s two national titles led Mizzou to a ninth place finish with 20 points, its fourth-best finish in program history. The finish only trails Mizzou’s seventh-place finish in 2001, and its eighth-place finishes in 1989 and 2017. The ninth-place finish marks the fourth time in the last five seasons Mizzou has finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Indoor Meet, a feat that only 11 female programs have accomplished.

KARISSA SCHWEIZER

Just like the night prior, Schweizer led for a vast majority of the race, as she took the lead a few laps into the 3000m race, and never looked back. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander stayed near Schweizer for much of the race before the Tiger senior pulled away in the final lap to take the victory at 8:53.36, the third-fastest 3000m time at the NCAA Indoor meet. Schweizer’s title is the first 3000m run national title in program history, and the eighth overall 3000m run All-America honor in program history, as Schweizer is preceded by a Sabrina Dornhoefer (second at 1984 indoor, fourth at 1984 outdoor), Susan Bliss (eighth at 1990 Indoor, ninth at 1990 outdoor, 11th at 1991 indoor), Ann Marie Brooks (second at 2001 indoor) and herself (second at 2017 indoor). Schweizer’s eight overall All-America honors match Dornhoefer for the second-most in program history, regardless of gender, and only trails Kearsten Peoples‘ 10 All-America honors.

The two national titles cap a dominant 2018 indoor campaign in distance running for Schweizer, who set collegiate top-five times in the mile run, 3000m run and 5000m run in 2018. Schweizer set the collegiate record in the 3000m run at the Millrose Games (Feb. 3), winning USTFCCCA Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week honors in the process. Schweizer was the top collegiate finisher in the race, as she crossed the finish line fourth at 8:41.60. Schweizer’s time surpassed the previous collegiate record from 2009 by Colorado’s Jenny (Barringer) Simpson (8:42.03), as well as the Mizzou school record mark of 9:06.39, which was set by Sabrina Dornhoefer in 1984. She also clocked a time of 4:27.54 in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27), the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history, and a 15:17.31 in the 5000m run at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2, 2017), the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history.

At the 2018 SEC Indoor Championships, Schweizer captured her sixth and seventh conference titles in the 3000m run and distance medley relay. Schweizer set a conference meet record in the 3000m run, clocking a time of 9:00.56, while her 4:25.56 anchor leg split gave the Tigers the DMR title. The Tiger senior’s seven career conference titles match Dornhoefer’s seven for the most conference championships by a female in program history.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer

On her strategy in the race…

“Try to just get out and stay relaxed in the beginning. I tried not to lead right away, then just push hard with a mile-out.”

On Allie Ostrander staying with her…

“When someone is on you like glue, you are always going to be worried. Seeing that someone was still with me, I just had to keep the confidence that pressing from this far out was going to kill a lot of people’s kicks. And I knew even if my kick wasn’t the best, I knew I was going to fight and use every bit of strength in me to get that last 200 in.

On her success during the indoor season…

“This year is a high, way higher than I expected it to be. It’s been awesome and I’m just taking it all in.”

UP NEXT

Mizzou will now turn to the outdoor season, beginning with the Arkansas Spring Invitational, March 23-24 in Fayetteville, Ark. Last season, the Mizzou women recorded an eighth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which matched its 1989 team for its best finish in program history.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram(MIZ_TrackField).