Thursday, December 27, 2018

Exciting year ahead for rising star Schweizer

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s an ideal time to reflect on what proved a superb season for one of Kimbia’s most exciting recruits: Karissa Schweizer.

The 22-year-old joined with Kimbia to embark on a professional career early in the summer after a decorated NCAA career, in which the Iowa native racked up six NCAA titles, spanning indoor, outdoor and cross country. In June she claimed victory in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, adding to her third-place finish in the 10,000m just days before. It made her just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles.

Schweizer was an All-American 10 times during her collegiate career, won eight conference titles, set six school records and one collegiate record.

But far from resting on her laurels, she then made an immediate impact after turning professional. In late June she finished third against older athletes in the 5000m at the US Championships, then she traveled to Heusden, Belgium where she clocked a huge PB of 15:02.44 for 5000m.

That was the 16th fastest time in the world this year for 5000m and it made her the third fastest American, behind only Olympians Shelby Houlihan and Molly Huddle. Having moved to Portland to train full-time under coach Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club, 2019 should prove a hugely exciting year for the young star.

For more on her story, check out the below video from her alma mater, the University of Missouri.

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