Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

School Record For Schweizer, Great Start For Thomas

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou  ©Jim Kirby 2016

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

Mizzou Track & Field recorded seven top-five finishes, including two from freshman, Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) finished first in the 1000m run, while freshman Chris Conrad(O’Fallon, Ill.) placed second in the 600m run and freshman Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) placed fourth in the mile run.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017


Schweizer ran for the second time this season after posting the fifth-best indoor 5000m run time in NCAA history (15:17.31) at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2). The Tiger senior recorded a first-place finish Friday in the 1000m run with a school record time of 2:44.12. Schweizer’s time surpassed the previous school record time of 2:45.41, set by Dana Glidden in 1980, and is the second-fastest women’s indoor 1000m run time recorded this collegiate season, according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s database. Schweizer surpassed her previous best time of 2:53.19 in the 1000m run, which she set at the 2015 Border Battle (Jan. 10).

Conrad crossed the finish line at 1:19.78 to finish second in the 600m run, narrowly besting his previous best time of 1:19.82 at the Missouri Holiday Opener (Dec. 8), while Hindman recorded a time 4:12.39 to finish fourth in the mile. The race was the collegiate track & field debut for Hindman, who was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Missouri Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Also recording top-five finishes on the day for Mizzou was redshirt senior Marc Dubrick (DeKalb, Ill.), sophomore Robert Kuhlmann (Lake Villa, Ill.), junior Maya Cody (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Karina Liz (Aurora, Ill.). All five Tigers finished fifth in their respective events, as Dubrick clocked a time of 4:14.22 in the mile run, Kuhlmann posted a time of 1:21.55 in the 600m run, Cody ran 7.47 in the 60m dash and Liz crossed the finish line at 1:36.58 in the 600m run.


Mizzou will next be in competition Jan. 19-20, at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. The meet will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. (CT), and will resume again on Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT).

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60m Dash, Women – 5. Maya Cody, 7.47 // 13. Tsai-Anne Joseph, 7.82 // 22. Jazmyn Shumaker, 8.04 // 32. Maya Puller, 8.49
200m Dash, Women – 7. Maya Cody, 24.32 // 30. Maya Puller, 27.33
600m Run, Men – 2. Chris Conrad, 1:19.76 PR // 5. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:21.55 PR
600m Run, Women – 5. Karina Liz, 1:36.58 PR // 8. Faramola Shonekan, 1:39.07 // 11. Richelle Bain, 1:55.93
800m Run, Men – 6. Mark Sheridan, 1:58.52
800m Run, Women – 6. Erica Rideout, 2:28.09 // 7. Elly DeTurris, 2:35.54
1000m Run, Men – 7. Ben Goodman, 2:29.26 PR // 11. Taylor Stephen, 2:34.72
1000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 2:44.12 PR, SR // 7. Valeska Halamicek, 3:02.63 // 8. Shannon Browning, 3:03.02
Mile Run, Men – 4. Austin Hindman, 4:12.39 // 5. Marc Dubrick, 4:14.22 // 14. Michael Widmann, 4:30.33 // 17. Justin Loquercio, 4:32.27
Mile Run, Women – 10. Melissa Menghini, 5:04.46 // 13. Hannah Thomas, 5:08.55 // 26. Kayla Funkenbusch, 5:17.69 // 37. Kaelyn Balch, 5:27.69 // 42. Susan Forbis, 5:35.79 // 43. Emmie Hahn, 5:44.36 // 44. Lexi Maddox, 5:47.44