Mizzou’s Schweizer goes out on top, captures sixth national title

June 10, 2018 GMT

In her signature event, Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer used her signature late kick to pull ahead down the final stretch in the women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, capturing her sixth national championship in her final collegiate race.

Schweizer, coming off a third-place finish in Thursday’s 10,000 meters, stayed near the front of the lead pack for most of Saturday’s race in Eugene, Ore., then sped ahead in the final 150 meters, creating a safe distance between runner-up Allie Buchalski of Furman and Oregon’s Lilli Burdon. Schweizer finished in 15 minutes, 41.58 seconds.

“I knew this was my last collegiate race and I wanted to leave it all out on the track,” Schweizer told ESPN shortly after the race ended. “My coach told me before this race to have one last gear in me. I kept thinking of that, especially coming down that home stretch. I honestly couldn’t even feel my legs.”

Schweizer finishes her college career with one national championship in cross country (2016), three in indoor track (2017, 2018) and two in outdoor track (2017, 2018). Saturday’s race gave her 10 All-American finishes in track, matching former MU thrower Kearsten Peoples for the most in team history.