Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs(Bloomington, Ill.) each closed the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on a high note, as Schweizer captured her sixth NCAA title in the 5000m run, while Jacobs finished fifth in the discus. Schweizer’s national title was her 10th career All-America finish, which matches Kearsten Peoples for the most in program history. Jacobs’ fifth-place discus finish made her a two-time discus All-American, the first to accomplish that feat in school history.
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The duo’s finishes, along with Schweizer’s third-place finish in the 10,000m run on Thursday netted Mizzou 20 team points and an 11th-place finish for the women’s team, its highest NCAA Outdoor finish in program history. The top-15 finish surpasses Mizzou’s 17th-place finish from 2017 when Mizzou scored 14 points.
Schweizer and the lead pack remained close together for the majority of the race before space starting opening up over the final 800 meters. Around 500 meters to go, Schweizer was briefly surpassed by Stanford’s Vanesa Fraser, but Schweizer was able to regain the lead on the final lap and take the title, as she crossed the finish line at 15:41.58. Schweizer’s 16 points at the meet were tied for the third-most at the meet, trailing only Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen and Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who each scored 20 points.
Schweizer becomes the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles, following Valerie McGovern (Kentucky, 1989-90), Jennifer Rhines (Villanova, 1994-96), Amy Skieresz (Arizona, 1997-98), Lauren Fleshman (Stanford, 2001-03) and Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth, 2012-13). Schweizer’s finish is the third outdoor 5000m national title in program history, as Schweizer’s back-to-back performances are joined by Sabrina Dornhoefer’s title in 1985.
Schweizer closes her career as one of the most decorated student-athletes all-time in Mizzou history, as she ends with six national titles, 10 All-America honors, eight conference titles, six school records, and one collegiate record. Each of those marks rank first in program history expect for the conference titles, where she ranks second behind Dornhoefer’s nine.
In the discus, Jacobs placed fifth at the NCAA Outdoor meet for the second year in-a-row after producing a mark of 55.47m (182-0) with her first throw. The throw put Jacobs in the lead after one throw in the event, and was good enough to snag fifth overall. The fifth-place finish matches Jacobs’ finish in 2017 as the best discus finish in program history, as she becomes the first two-time discus All-American in program history. Mizzou has now earned five All-America honors in the discus, as Jacobs is joined by Cindy Kaiser (1977), Erica Brooks (1992, 10th), Kearsten Peoples (2012, 6th) and her own fifth-place finish in 2017.
After closing her junior campaign, Jacobs is now a two-time All-American, two-time conference champion and the school record holder in the discus. She also holds program top-10 marks in the indoor and outdoor shot put.
Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer
On if she had enough left to make a finishing kick…
“Going into the race, my coach told me that I was going to have to kick, but to know you I have another gear and no matter how tired I would be, I was going to have that extra gear. I just really dug deep and I knew I had that in me. Coming down that final stretch just felt surreal.”
RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS
5000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 15:41.58 // 10 points
RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS
10,000m Run, Women – 5. Gabi Jacobs, 55.47m (182-0) // 4 points