Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports Reporter
Mizzou Tigers junior Karissa Schweizer finished her 2017 indoor season at the NCAA Indoor Championships meet in College Station, Texas. At the two-day meet, Schweizer had two top-three finishes.
On day one, the distance runner finished first in the 5,000-meter race, where she ran a time of 15:19.14, which is not only a personal best but also a school record by a whole 18 seconds. She finished a total of eight seconds ahead of second place. Schweizer’s time also ranks fifth-fastest all-time in the 5,000-meter run in collegiate history.
With her first place finish, Schwiezer becomes the fifth (and first female) two-time national champion in Mizzou history.
On day two of the meet, Schweizer competed in the 3,000-meter race. Schweizer led for most of the race until the field began to catch up with about five laps to go. However, with two laps to go, Schweizer and Colorado’s Dani Jones took a noticeable lead and created space between them and the rest of the pack. It became a foot race at the end of the race as Schweizer finished in 9:09.33, just .13 seconds behind Jones.
The Tigers finished eighth place as a team with a total of 18 points, all of them coming from Schweizer.
Schweizer will now prepare for the outdoor season, which begins March 30-April 1 in Palo Alto, California.