If there's an ideal way for Karissa Schweizer to wrap up her unrivaled Missouri running career, it would be to cruise to another pair of national titles in the coming days in Eugene, Oregon.
The star senior will be seeking her sixth and seventh individual collegiate titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she will be joined by teammates Rauno Liitmae, Avery Carter and Gabi Jacobs.
While Liitmae, in Day 1 of the decathlon, and Carter (men's hammer throw) jump right into competition Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA Outdoors, Schweizer goes after her first crown of the four-day event on Thursday night, when she heads the field in the women's 10,000 meters.
She comes back in the women's 5,000 on Saturday, when Jacobs also will compete in the women's discus.
This will be the first time Schweizer is running the two events together at the NCAA Outdoors. She is the defending national champ in the 5,000 at the Outdoors and also finished third in the event in 2016. Her other national titles at MU have come in cross country (2016) and at the NCAA Indoors — the 5,000 in 2017 and 2018 and the 3,000 in 2018.
Schweizer ran the 10,000 in competition for the first time this season, finishing third in a school-record time or 32 minutes, 0.55 seconds at the Stanford Invitational in a heat loaded with professionals. It is the fastest mark in the NCAA this season and the eighth-fastest in NCAA history. She also holds the best collegiate time in the 5,000 this season (15:19.60, less than a second behind her school-record time of 15:18.69).
With All-America finishes in her two races, Schweizer would tie former thrower Kearsten Peoples with the most in program history (10).