After setting the collegiate record in the 3000m run at the Millrose Games (Feb. 3), Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer(Urbandale, Iowa) garnered two weekly honors on Tuesday. Schweizer was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week.
Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Millrose Games 2018
Schweizer was the top collegiate finisher in the race, as she crossed the finish line fourth at 8:41.60. Schweizer’s time surpassed Colorado’s Jenny (Barringer) Simpson’s 2009 mark of 8:42.03, as well as the Mizzou school record mark of 9:06.39, which was set by Sabrina Dornhoefer in 1984. The mark is also the seventh-fastest time in the world this season.
Schweizer now holds top-five all-time NCAA marks in the mile run, 3000m run and 5000m run, all set this season. The Urbandale, Iowa, native clocked a time of 4:27.54 in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27), the fourth-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.
It is the fourth occurrence this season, and the fifth time in her career Schweizer has given the top national honor from the USTFCCCA. Most recently, Schweizer’s remarkable performance in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27) gave her the nation’s top honor, as the Tiger senior smashed the school record en route to the fastest collegiate time this season. On Dec. 5, Schweizer was named the National Athlete of the Week after recording the top 5000m run time this season and resetting her own school record at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2).
This past fall during the cross country season, Schweizer was named the National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 18, after she set the course record at Percy Warner Park in the Commodore Classic (Sept. 16), finishing the 5K race more than a full minute ahead of the runner up at 16:25.4. Last season, Schweizer took home the national honor for the first time in her career after the 2016 BU Season Opener (Dec. 6, 2016), where she first set the 5,000m run school record with a time of 15:37.40, clocking the time just two weeks after her 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championship performance.
During the track season, Schweizer looks to continue building her legacy as one of the top student-athletes in Mizzou Athletics history. Her impressive resume already includes six All-America honors, three national titles and five conference titles. The Urbandale, Iowa, native is the only female in Mizzou history to win multiple NCAA titles, while her six All-America honors rank tied for third in women’s program history and tied for fifth overall. Her five conference titles are tied for the fourth-most in women’s program history.