Schweizer, Cunningham, Farmer All Post Personal Best in 6K

Hank Noah, 23Sports

The MU men’s and women’s cross-country teams participated in their last regular season race of the 2017 season on Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky. The Tiger’s showed resilience against some tough competition, and both teams placed around the middle of the pack.

Mizzou’s men’s squad was led by redshirt sophomore Thomas George. George posted a time of 24:12.4, which was good enough to place him 64th overall in the 8K. The next closest Tiger was Mark Dubrick, who placed 152nd and recorded a time of 24:53.8. Overall, MU’s men’s team scored 705 points and came in 27th in the meet.

MU’s women’s team was led by the highly decorated reigning NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer. Schweizer placed second in the meet and posted a time of 19:29.7. This would be a new personal best for the senior as she beat her previous best from the NCAA championship last year by over ten seconds. Two other Tigers beat their personal record in the 6K as well. Megan Cunningham came in 62nd and recorded a time of 20:50.9, and redshirt sophomore Samantha Farmer placed 197th and ran a 22:07.8 6K. The women’s team came in 24th overall and totaled 666 points.

Head coach Mark Burns had this to say about Schweizer’s incredible performance: “Karissa ran a strong race up front today. She led the entire race until the last 50 meters, and it was good experience for her to race in the front with everyone else keying off of her. She was able to drop everyone except for Purrier from New Hampshire, and we have to give her all the credit on a great finishing kick today.”

MU will now prepare for the postseason as the Tiger’s next meet is the SEC Championship in Athens, Georgia on October 27th.