Senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her cross country dominance on Saturday at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., winning the 6k race by 29 seconds with a time of 19:56.5. The meet win is her second of the season, and her eighth since the beginning of the 2016 season.
Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby
Schweizer’s first-place finish, coupled with redshirt senior Megan Cunningham‘s(Eureka, Mo.) sixth-place finish, propelled the Mizzou women to a third-place finish at the meet. The Tigers, who scored 104 points, only trailed No. 25 Ole Miss, who won the meet with 44 points, and No. 9 Penn State, who finished with 48 points.
Schweizer’s time of 19:56.5 was just 15 seconds off her 6k personal record time of 19:41.6, which she set at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Cunningham crossed the finish line with a time 21:07.0, shattering her previous 6k personal record of 21:59, which she set during the 2013 season at the Bradley Classic. Freshman Jenna Lutzow(Belvidere, Ill.) impressed once again at the meet, as she finished 23rd overall with a time of 21:55.9 in her first collegiate 6k race.
Mizzou Head Coach Marc Burns
On the women’s race…
“We competed hard today on both sides at Oklahoma State,” said Mizzou Cross Country head coach Marc Burns. “Karissa got things rolling up front for us with another spectacular performance. I have not seen an official course record, but Coach Smith (Oklahoma State) does not remember anyone breaking 20 minutes before. Megan looked strong throughout the race and gave us another single digit stick. Jenna continues to learn and grow from meet to meet. We are very happy with our effort and it was nice to beat Oklahoma State on their home course.”
Mizzou will now head into its final weekend of regular season competition, as the team will split two separate ways for the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill., on Oct. 13, and the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 14. After those two meets, the Tigers will head south to Athens, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Oct. 27, then north to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10, and east to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18.
Women’s 6k Results – 3rd Place (104 points)
1. Karissa Schweizer, 19:56.5 // 6. Megan Cunningham, 21:07.0 // 23 (24). Jenna Lutzow, 21:55.9 // 34 (35). Jordyn Kleve, 22:11.5 // 40 (42). Ellyn Atkinson, 22:23.8 // 41 (43). Samantha Farmer, 22:28.5 // 48 (56). Hannah Thomas, 22:48.3 // 65. Kayla Funkenbusch, 23:07.5 // 73. Lexi Maddox, 23:35.3 // 76. Kaelyn Balch, 23:39.4 // 83. Kiley Deain, 24:16.4 // 86. Melissa Menghini, 24:39.3 // 89. Faramola Shonekan, 24:52.1