Schweizer Sets School Record in New York

Hank Noah, 23Sports

Karissa Schweizer’s running career at Mizzou has been highly decorated. The senior has won the NCAA championships in cross country and is a multiple time first-team All-American. She also holds the Mizzou school record in the indoor and outdoor 5000m meter run. On Saturday, Schweizer added yet another accolade to her already incredible collegiate career.

Schweizer, an Urbandale, Iowa native, finished the mile with a time of 4:27.54 at the Columbia Challenge in New York City. This unbelievable finish was the fastest in the NCAA this season, and the fourth-fastest mile time in NCAA history. Schweizer also set the Mizzou school record. The previous mile record was held by Laura Roxberg. Roxberg finished with a time of 4:34.59 in 2013 at the UW Husky Classic.

Schweizer was not the only Tiger to have success this weekend. Jerrad Mason placed fourth in the men’s 400-meter dash. CeCe Johnson and Becky Keating placed fourth and seventh in the women’s weight throw.

Mizzou Coach Brett Halter spoke on Schweizer’s amazing feat and the team’s success in Ney York: “Obviously, Karissa stole the show today with another well executed race. Certainly a congratulations to her and Coach Burns… Overall, we knew heading into New York that this meet and setting would challenge us in many ways. I thought, overall, the team’s competitive integrity is improving as we now set our sights on moving toward championship season.” (mutigers.com)

Next for the Tigers, they will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to participate in the Tyson Invitational on February 9th and 10th.