Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs(Bloomington, Ill.) each captured conference titles on the final day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. Each repeated as SEC Champions for the second year in-a-row, as Schweizer won the 5000m run and Jacobs the discus.
Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2018
With Schweizer’s win in the 5000m run, Mizzou swept the 5K and 10K SEC titles in back-to-back seasons, after redshirt junior Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.) won the 2017 SEC 10K and redshirt senior Megan Cunningham (Euerka, Mo.) won this year’s 10K on Friday. Mizzou is the first team to sweep the women’s 5K/10K in consecutive seasons since Arkansas did so in 2014 and 2015.
In addition to Schweizer and Jacobs’ conference titles, Mizzou had seven other top-eight finishes on the day, including a runner-up finish in the 1500m run from Schweizer and a fifth-place finish in the 800m run from freshman Chris Conrad(O’Fallon, Ill.).
In the team’s race, the Mizzou women finished 10th with 53 points, while the men’s team finished 13th with 13 points. The Mizzou’s women’s 53-point total is the second-most points they have scored at an SEC Outdoor meet, only trailing the 62 points scored at the 2014 meet.
Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter
On his thoughts on the meet…
“I thought we had an extraordinary meet and I think we hit all of our targets. The challenge of track & field is to be able to come in and deliver what you’re capable of delivering, and our athletes did that and more. They really showed up. The effort and integrity of this group was remarkable. Our staff is really proud of everything our team accomplished. Points are extremely hard to come by at this meet, and we had a lot of athletes get on the board. Obviously, Karissa, Gabi and Megan showed up in a big way becoming SEC Champions.
Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer (Interview with SEC Network after race)
On the weather being a factor in the race…
“It was very difficult. Just being able to double back really gives me a lot of confidence going into nationals and preparing to double there.”
On what goes into the decision on which events to run at NCAAs…
“(We will) base it off conference performance and my training right now. Obviously I like the 1500 a lot, and it is a lot less laps.”
Mizzou will now move to the NCAA West Preliminary meet, which will be held May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif., with the NCAA field being announced later this week. The top-48 accepted entries in individual events, and the top-24 in relay events will qualify for the regional meet. The top-24 accepted entries in multi-events will advance straight to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS
800m Run, Men – 5. Chris Conrad, 1:48.68 (4 points)
800m Run, Women – 8. Valeska Halamicek, 2:15.94 (1 point)
1500m Run, Men – 16. Zach Cook, 3:55.76 // 18. Marc Dubrick, 4:02.57
1500m Run, Women – 2. Karissa Schweizer, 4:19.98 (8 points) // 6. Valeska Halamicek, 4:27.11 (3 points)
5000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 15:58.14 (10 points) // 22. Jordyn Kleve, 17:23.36
400m Hurdles, Men – 6. Jerrad Mason 51.28 (3 points)
RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS
High Jump, Men – 11. Landon Cuskelly, 2.16m (7-1)
High Jump, Women – 6. Valeria Kostiuk, 1.75m (5-8.75) (3 points) // 8. Karissa Roman, 1.70m (5-7) (1 point)
Discus, Men – 18. Will Fife, 49.96m (163-11), 49.96m (163-11)
Discus, Women – 1. Gabi Jacobs, 55.92m (183-5) (10 points)