Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was named to The Bowerman Award’s 2018 watch list Monday, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Bowerman is annually awarded to the nation’s top male and female student-athlete in NCAA Track & Field.
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In 2016-17, Schweizer was named a semifinalist for The Bowerman after winning national titles in the indoor and outdoor 5000m run. The Urbandale, Iowa, native also captured the 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championship, becoming just the fourth female in NCAA history to capture the distance triple crown (cross country, indoor 5000m run and outdoor 5000m run national titles).
The Tiger senior followed up her terrific junior campaign with another notable senior cross country season, as she captured the SEC and NCAA Midwest Regional individual titles, both for the second consecutive seasons. Schweizer was named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Year and the USTFCCCA Women’s Runner of the Year for her accomplishments, and went on to finish 11th at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, her sixth career All-America honor.
Just like last season, Schweizer kicked off her indoor track season two weeks after the NCAA Cross Country meet, as she traveled to Boston to race in the 5000m run at the BU Season Opener on Dec. 2. Schweizer blew away the competition in Boston, as the Tiger senior finished first in the field with a time of 15:17.31, besting numerous All-Americans, including the 2017 NCAA Cross Country National Champion, Ednah Kurgat (New Mexico). Schweizer’s time in the race was fast enough to rank as the fifth-fastest time in NCAA indoor history, reset her own school record, and earned her the USTFCCCA Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week for the third time in her career.
Schweizer and Mizzou will continue the indoor season this weekend as the team travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. (CT).