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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Karissa Schweizer and the rest of Missouri track and field impress with a strong victory in Razorback invite

Tigers tally 10 personal records, but both men’s and women’s teams finish 13th overall in the meet.

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Junior Karissa Schweizer is recognized for her recent NCAA cross country title during the home men's basketball game facing North Carolina Central University on Monday, Nov. 28.

Alexzandria Churchill/Senior Staff Photographer

The Missouri track and field team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Razorback invite this weekend where the team was lead by Karissa Schweizer as she finished first in the mile while the rest of the team gave solid performances all over.

The meet began Friday with the 200-meter run and the distance medley relay as the only events on the track. In the 200-meter, both men’s and women’s indoor record holders sophomore Kahmari Montgomery and senior LaQuisha Jackson struggled, running only a 21.41 for 12th and 23.95 for 15th place, respectively. Freshman Maya Cody struggled as well, running a 24.68 for 29th place.

The biggest bright spot on the track on Friday came from the men’s distance medley relay of sophomore Thomas George, redshirt junior Jerrad Mason, redshirt junior Ben Goodman and redshirt senior Luca Russo. The team ran a 9:54.8 to earn a fifth-place finish.

In the field events, redshirt freshman Patrick Kunza threw a personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 17.99 meters to finish 10th. Freshman Karissa Roman finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.68 meters.

The team performed much better Saturday, finishing with 10 personal records. The highlight of the day for the Tigers — and the whole meet for that matter — was sophomore Karissa Schweizer, who ran a 4:35.61 to win the mile, beating out LSU’s Morgan Schuetz and Wake Forest’s Kathryn Lazarchick. That time puts her second in the collegiate rankings for the mile, and it is the second fastest indoor mile time by a female for Mizzou, trailing only Laura Roxberg’s 4:34.59 from 2013. Schweizer was able to beat the next competitor by almost five seconds, so look for her to attempt to break that record in the coming meets.

On the men’s side of the mile, Russo came back Saturday to run a 4:07.97 to place ninth. Sophomore Thomas George finished in the top 15 with a 4:14.41.

In the 400 meter, both Jackson and defending 400-meter Southeastern Conference Champion Montgomery returned. Jackson finished ninth with a personal best of 54.20, which ranks her third best finish all-time. Montgomery finished fifth with a solid time of 46.57 in his first open 400 of the 2017 season.

Other headlines for the meet were senior Drew White cutting 26 seconds off of his 3K time to finish with a 8:17.31 for 12th place. Redshirt sophomore Gabi Jacobs was the highlight of the field events on Saturday after she placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 14.52 meters.

The Tigers will be taking next weekend off until they head to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the Iowa State Classic.

Edited by Eli Lederman | elederman@themaneater.com

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