Tiger XC excels as Schweizer Beats Course Record

Hank Noah, 23Sports

The Missouri Tigers Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams traveled to Nashville, Tennessee on Friday to participate in the Commodore Classic. At nine o’clock on a clear and sunny morning, the men’s 8K race began and did not disappoint. The Tigers finished seventh total, scoring 177 points with the average time of 26:03. Three of MU’s men’s cross country ruuners finished in the top fifty. Junior George Thomas finished thirteenth with a time of 25:26.1, followed by senior Evan Schulte, who finished thirty-fourth with a time of 25:58.7. Sophomore Justin Loquercio, who finished directly behind Schulte, completed the 8K in 25:58.8.

While MU’s men’s team did have success in Nashville, it was Karrisa Schweizer and the women’s team who stole the show. After finishing the 5K, MU’s women’s team finished third, totaling an impressive 103 points and averaging a time of 17:49. Individually, MU had five women place in the top fifty. Senior Karissa Schweizer, the 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Champion, finished first overall with an honorable time of 16:25.4, setting the Percy Warner Park record and beating the previous course record by almost twenty seconds.

Four other Tigers placed in the top fifty as well. Senior Megan Cunningham finished fourteenth with a time of 17:55.3. Following behind was senior Kaitlyn Fischer, who finished seventeenth with a time of 17:56.1. Freshman Jenna Lutzow finished thirty-seventh in her first collegiate 5K, completing the race in 18:21.1. Junior Samantha Farmer was the last Tiger to finish in the top fifty as she placed fourty-fourth, recording a time of 18:23.3.