Schweizer Finishes Her Illustrious XC Career

Hank Noah, 23 Sports

Karissa Schweizer is a Mizzou senior from Urbandale, Iowa. In her four years at Missouri, she has run indoor track, outdoor track, and cross country. She was the 2017 NCAA Outdoor National Champion, the 2017 NCAA Indoor National Champion, and the 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Champion. These are only a few of the major accomplishments in the last four years. On Saturday, Schweizer ran her last cross-country race for the Tigers.

Schweizer participated in the 2017 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the only Tiger to make it this far in the tournament. Schweizer ended her cross-country career with an eleventh-place finish, coming in at 19:47.47. This finish allowed her to earn All-American Honor for the sixth time.

Although she posted her third fastest time of 2017, Schweizer was unhappy with her performance: “It was a fast-pace race from the start, and I couldn’t quite get comfortable. It just wasn’t my day. I wanted to stop, but I’m really proud of myself for making it through the race. I’m going to take this to really motivate me to work towards having a strong indoor and outdoor season.” (mutigers.com)

Schwiezer leaves Mizzou cross-country holding two all-time records. She holds the 5000-meter record with a time of 16:09.83 and the 6000-meter record with a time of 19:41.60, which she ran at last year’s 2016 NCAA Championships.

With cross-country season wrapping up, Schweizer will begin to prepare for the indoor track season which starts up on December 8th in the Hearnes Center.