Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) captured her sixth career conference title with a Southeastern Conference Indoor meet record performance in the 3,000m run Saturday at the SEC Indoor Championships. Schweizer’s title was one of three scoring performances for Mizzou on the first day of competition at Gilliam Indoor Stadium, as she was joined by a fifth-place finish in the long jump from redshirt freshman Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Ill.) and an eighth-place performance in the shot put from redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs (Bloomington, Ill.).
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Through five events scored in the women’s team race, Mizzou sits in seventh-place with 11 points. Through four event in the men’s team race, the Tigers sit in eighth-place with four points.
Schweizer, who set the collegiate record in the 3,000m run earlier this month at the Millrose Games (8:41.60, Feb. 3), set the SEC indoor conference meet record with a time of 9:00.56, surpassing Cory McGee’s (Florida) 2014 record of 9:10.48. The conference title was Schweizer’s sixth in her career, as she ties Teri LeBlanc and Lorinda Richardson for the second-most conference titles in Mizzou women’s history. The Tiger senior will return to the track tomorrow, as she plans to run the anchor leg of Mizzou’s distance medley relay team at 7:58 p.m. (CT).
Ward’s fifth-place finish in the long jump scored four points for the Mizzou men. The Tiger freshman used his first jump to record a leap of 7.75m (25-5.25). Ward will await to see if his mark of 7.97m (26-1.75) at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge (Feb. 16) will hold up as a qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Entering the weekend, it ranked as the fourth-best mark in the NCAA this season. Ward will return to action tomorrow as he is slated to compete in the triple jump at 5 p.m. (CT).
In the women’s shot put, Jacobs was the first to score on the day for the Mizzou women, as she placed eighth with a throw of 15.06m (49-5). The mark scored one point for Mizzou.
Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter
On Schweizer’s performance…
“The SEC is an extraordinary league, and it’s an extraordinary record for Karissa. The way she did it was absolutely remarkable. It was quite an impressive competitive effort. Overall, we are really excited for her and Coach Burns, and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”
“Points aren’t easy in this league, as this meet is basically an NCAA Championships preview. Any time you can put up points at this meet, it’s really valuable. Gabi has worked real hard to increase her competitive integrity in the shot put. We know what she can do in the discus, but she really invested in the shot put this fall, so I was really happy to see it pay off for her. Ja’Mari’s effort was really exciting. If you look at his six-jump average over the event, that’s a NCAA championship-caliber average. It’s really important for him to make those jumps consistently as he prepares for the bigger jumps down the road. His event is an ultra-competitive field, and he delivered, so I’m really happy for him.”
Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer
On setting the SEC record in the 3K…
“I was not expecting that. I just wanted to stay relaxed in the beginning of the race, then I was able to let it go near the end.”
Mizzou concludes action at the SEC Indoor Championships on Sunday, beginning with heptathlon events at 2:30 p.m. (CT), while track and field events will resume at 5 p.m. (CT). The SEC Network will provide a live broadcast of the meet from 5-10 p.m. (CT).
RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS
60m Dash, Women (prelims): 23. Maya Cody, 7.46 // 36. Tsai-Anne Joseph, 7.72 // 37. Jazmyn Shumaker, 7.87 PR
200m Dash, Women (prelims): 36. Jazmyn Shumaker, 25.42 // 37. Tsai-Anne Joseph, 25.45
400m Dash, Men (prelims): 18. Jerrad Mason, 47.12
800m Run, Men (prelims): 10. Chris Conrad, 1:51.38 // 18. Mark Sheridan, 1:54.09 // 20. Ben Goodman, 1:54.57 // 24. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:56.99
3000m Run, Men: 9. Marc Dubrick, 8:14.82 // 12. Thomas George, 8:17.05 PR // 16. Austin Hindman, 8:21.48 // 20. Zach Cook, 8:29.03
3000m Run, Women: 1. Karissa Schweizer, 9:00.56 MR // 10. Melissa Menghini, 9:44.64 PR // 19. Hannah Thomas, 10:05.03 // 20. Ellyn Atkinson, 10:05.56 PR
RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS
High Jump, Men: Landon Cuskelly, NH
Long Jump, Men: 5. Ja’Mari Ward, 7.75m (25-5.25) (4 pts)
Long Jump, Women: Arielle Mack, FOUL
Shot Put, Women: 8. Gabi Jacobs, 15.06m (49-5) (1 pt) // 12. Emily Stauffer, 14.08m (46-2.5) // 14. Jordan Speer, 13.26m (43-6)
Weight Throw, Men: 13. Patrick Kunza, 19.58m (64-3) PR // 15. Avery Carter, 19.22m (63-0.75) PR
RESULTS – HEPTATHLON
60m Dash: 9. Rauno Liitmae, 7.28 (785 pts) // 10. Jason Edwards, 7.39 PR (749 pts)
Long Jump: 6. Rauno Liitmae, 6.78m/22-3 (762 pts) PR // 10. Jason Edwards, 6.40m/21-0 (675 pts)
Shot Put: 2. Rauno Liitmae, 14.18m/46-6.25 (739 pts) PR // 7. Jason Edwards, 11.86m/38-11 (598 pts)
High Jump: 1. Rauno Liitmae, 1.97m/6-5.5 (776 pts) PR // 7. Jason Edwards, 1.85m/6-0.75 (670 pts)
Overall (4/7 events completed): 6. Rauno Liitmae, 3,062 pts // 9. Jason Edwards, 2,692 pts