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Monday, March 27, 2017

Track and field breaks records in Arkansas and Iowa over the weekend

The Tigers broke a number of previous marks as they competed in two different states.

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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

Missouri track and field split up for the weekend as members of the team competed at events in both Arkansas and Iowa. Here are the highlights from a record-breaking weekend for many members of the team.

Tyson Invitational Roughly two weeks after placing 13th in the annual Razorback invitational, Mizzou track and field returned to the University of Arkansas to compete at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Five athletes broke personal records at the meet, which coincided with the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.

Missouri had six top-10 finishes in Fayetteville on Friday. Such placements included a third-place finish in the mile run for sophomore Thomas George, who ran a personal best time of 4:08.86. In similar fashion, sophomore Maya Cody recorded a personal record of 7.39 in the qualifying heat of the 60-meter dash.

Field events saw redshirt freshman Patrick Kunza finish fifth in the weight throw with a personal record of 18.42 meters.

Saturday yet again saw a number of athletes achieve personal records, including senior Ollie Lockley, who led the way to a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Lockley, who surpassed his previous record by a full 10 seconds, finished with a time of 14:33.22 in the race.

Senior Sheldon Keence also recorded a personal record, completing the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:34.87. A third and final personal record of the day was earned by Cody in the 200-meter dash. Cody completed the race at a time of 24.31, surpassing her previous record by 0.21 seconds.

Sophomore Karissa Roman, redshirt sophomore Gabi Jacobs and redshirt senior Mollie Gribbin all earned top-10 finishes in field events. Roman matched her personal record of 1.70 meters in the high jump, while Jacobs placed seventh with a throw of 14.81 meters in the shot put. Gribbin finished ninth with a distance of 12.05 meters in the triple jump.

Another headline from the meet was the 4x400 meter relay team, which ran a personal best time of the season at 3:42.07.

Iowa State Classic

With a split squad for the weekend, only a few runners traveled to Ames, Iowa, this week for the Iowa State Classic. Junior Karissa Schweizer and redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer each broke Missouri track records.

Schweizer started the team off in the 3K and finished with a personal best of 9:06.60. The time was only milliseconds off of Sabrina Dornhoefer’s record time of 9:06.39 in 1984. While she may not run another 3K this season as the coaching staff will likely taper her schedule before the SEC Championships, Schweizer now holds the second-best 3K time in Missouri track history.

Following her, the best result of the day was Kempfer’s 16:05.23 in the 5K. Kempfer’s time ranks second all-time in Missouri history for the 5K behind Schweizer and leaves her ranked No. 14 nationally. Kempfer is hitting her stride, which should give the Tigers a strong one-two punch in the 5K for the Southeastern Conference Championships. The combination of her and Schweizer, the current cross-country national champion, can be dangerous. While Schweizer has not run a 5K indoors yet this season, her personal record of 15:37.4 indoors should match up well against the rest of the country.

Along with Kempfer, redshirt junior Nicole Mello finished with a time of 16:41.15, which is the eighth-best time in the 5K for Missouri’s record books. The Tigers had one more personal best from redshirt freshman Jordyn Kleve. She ran 17:10.62 in the 5K. Senior Kaitlyn Fischer ran a 17:39.34 in the 5K as well. Fellow senior Teylar Adelsberger ended the 3K with a time of 9:40.59.

The team will reconnect next weekend for the Missouri Collegiate Open at Hearnes Center for its final meet before the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Edited by Eli Lederman | elederman@themaneater.com

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