Carthage’s Elizabeth Willis etched her name in the women’s track and field program’s record book Saturday in Boston.

Willis earned her second All-American honor with a career-best shot put of 14.48 meters, good for third-place overall at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Meet.

The Reds now have 29 All-Americans to their credit. Willis’ third-place finish is Carthage’s highest in the shot put since 1988 when Becky Rucks finished second.

Willis saved her best for last, as her career-best toss came on her sixth and final throw of the competition. She held the top spot heading into the finals with a toss of 13.7 meters, followed by efforts of 13.63 and 13.42.

Carthage teammate Sarah Schmidt was 18th with a top throw of 12.08 meters.

UW-Eau Claire’s Erica Oawster won the national title with a toss of 14.77.

Williams College won the overall team title with 42 points, followed by Washington (Mo.) with 40 and George Fox with 29. Carthage was 16th in the final standings with 12 points.

On the men’s side, the Carthage 1,600 meter relay team of Ronny Onano, Dane Rasmussen, Michael Schantek and David Rogers finished eighth overall in 3:27.6.

The Carthage foursome earned their spot in the finals with an eighth-place time of 3:18.93 in the preliminaries on Friday.

With the eighth-place time, Carthage notched its 12th overall All-American indoor finish and its first since 2014. It also was the first for a 1,600 relay team.

Mount Union claimed the national title with a winning time of 3:14.79.

The team title went to North Central with 55 points, followed by Mount Union and UW-La Crosse with 39. Carthage had one team point, good for a tie for 62nd.

Baseball

Carthage 27, Bethany Lutheran 14

Offense certainly wasn’t a problem Sunday in Tucson, Ariz.

The Red Men scored 12 runs in the first inning and added 10 more in the fifth en route to the 13-run victory at the Tucson Invitational.

Carthage (5-4), which scored in its first five at bats, finished the game with 27 hits, while Bethany had 12 in its 2019 debut.

Colton Klein led the offensive barrage for the Red Men, as he collected five hits, four runs scored and drove in three, while Vince Schwartz had four hits, five runs scored and three RBI.

Other leaders were Cody Phelps (three hits, three runs, three RBI), Myles Farley (three hits, home run, five runs, three RBI), Johnny Belskis (three hits, run, four RBI), Ricky Bergstrom (three hits, two runs, two RBI), Jim Mundo (three hits, two runs, two RBI), Luke Beckmann (two hits, home run, three runs, four RBI) and Jake Snider (two runs, two RBI).

Clark Hendricks earned his second win, as he allowed two hits, three earned runs, three walks and struck out two in 31/3 innings of relief.

Carthage and Bethany played a second game Sunday night. Results were unavailable by press time.

Women’s lacrosse

Wittenberg 13, Carthage 10

Playing Sunday in Springfield, Ohio, the Reds jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but Wittenberg answered with an 8-1 run to claim the victory.

Margaux Giacotto led Carthage (3-4) with four goals, nine shots, five ground balls and three draw controls. Maddie Berni, Jessie Gibson and Nicole Bowman each added two goals for the Reds.

Carthage goalie Amy Sorge had 11 saves.

Men’s lacrosse

Carthage 12, Birm.-Southern 11

The Red Men held off a late rally Saturday night in Birmingham, Ala., to pick up the hard-fought victory.

Andy Szun, the program’s all-time scoring leader, and Noah Lindner, each scored three goals to lead Carthage (6-1), followed by Ethan Flight with two goals and two assists.

Carthage goalie Kyle Guthrie had four saves before he gave way to Sam Kotsonas, who recorded seven saves in the final 37:42.

Softball

Maryville 10, UW-Parkside 8

Maryville 7, UW-Parkside 2

The tough spring stretch continued for the Rangers in St. Charles, Mo.

Parkside (0-18) battled back from a 6-1 deficit in the opener with a six-run third inning, followed by a single tally in the fourth to take a short-lived 8-6 lead.

Allison Hausl provided the key hit in the third inning with a three-run double that scored Kate Czoschke, Morgan Moore and Jessica Crull.

Maryville responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the scoring and secure the victory.

Hausl led the Rangers’ five-hit attack with two and three RBI. Cassie Walek scored two runs. Czoschke took the loss, as she allowed 13 hits, nine earned runs, four walks and struck out six in six innings of work.

The Rangers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap, but Maryville scored three times in the third inning and four more times in the fifth to earn the twinbill sweep.

Hausl collected two hits, while Megan Aliverti drove in two to lead the Rangers. Hausl suffered the loss, as she allowed four hits, three earned runs, three walks and struck out one in two innings.

Central graduate Alyssa Hrncar and Alyssa McClelland pitched the final four innings and combined to allowed six hits and four earned runs.

Dan Truttschel

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