Mizzou track takes on the SEC Indoor Championships

Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 26—

Mizzou track and field made their way to Nashville this past weekend to compete in the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. While there were a lot of accolades this weekend, day one was highlighted by junior Karissa Schweizer. Schweizer took home the 3,000m run as she won her first track and field conference championship. Schweizer ended the race with a time of 9:18.32.

After day one, which consisted of five of the 17 total events, the women’s track and field team sat in seventh place with 11 points, 10 of which came from Schweizer’s first place finish. The lone remaining point came from redshirt sophomore Gabi Jacobs as she finished eighth place in the shot put, where she recorded a personal best with a throw of 14.95m (49-0.75).

The men’s team recorded five personal bests on day one. Junior Rauno Liitmae, who is competing in the heptathlon, ended up with four personal records in the first four events of the competition.

Two other personal records came in the 3,000m run. Redshirt senior Drew White and redshirt junior Marc Dubrick finished 12th and 13th, respectively, as they recorded personal records. White ended with a time of 8:17.15 and Dubrick finished at 8:21.31.

On day two of the competition, Schweizer continued her domination, finishing first place in the mile run. Her second first-place finish gave meant that she earned 20 points for the Mizzou women’s team. This made Schweizer the top female scorer at the meet, giving her the Cliff Harper Trophy. The women’s team would finish in 10th place with a total of 30 points.

Another podium finisher for the women was redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer, who finished third in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:10.15. This accomplishment gave Kempfer All-SEC honors as well.

The women’s 4×400 relay team posted sixth place with a time of 3:37.49. That time ranks second all-time in school history.

On the men’s side, Liitmae finished 10th in his heptathlon debut as he recorded the seventh-highest heptathlon score in Mizzou history with 5,296 points. The men’s team would end with three points, putting them 13th among all teams.

Next on the plate for Mizzou is the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 11-12, in College Station, Texas. To qualify for the meet, the top-16 marks in the nation make up the field within each event. The qualifiers will be announced within the next week.