College Athletics: Carthage squad enjoy big day | Sports


The Carthage men’s and women’s track field made big appearances at Friday’s Tadd Metzger Invitational at the Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

For men, the Firebirds set a school record and finished with two others on the program’s top 10 list en route to first place, while the women also came home with a team title.

The Carthage men scored 238 points, well ahead of Wheaton’s 161 and Carroll’s 105. Cardinal Stritch was fourth with 14 points, followed by Lake Forest with 11 points.

“Another great meeting of our boys (Friday),” said Carthage coach Josh Henry. “I think what made (the) results all the more impressive was the fact that this was a smaller field and we went off the steep track last week didn’t slow us down one bit. The energy with this group has been amazing this year and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Junior Chase Upmann (Rockford, Illinois) highlighted the meeting when he broke a 22-year-old 1000 meter record with a time of 2:30.94. The previous record was held by Eric Pennington in 2000 with a time of 2:31.54.

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“What I think makes Chase’s record really special is the journey this guy took to get here,” Henry said. “He’s an incredibly hard worker and someone who proves that true belief in yourself can reach heights you might not have thought possible a few years ago. He’s someone who’s easy to get excited about.”

Sophomore Joseph White, an Indian Trail graduate, continued to shine in the weight events, taking first places in both the shot put (17.05 meters) and the weight throw (17.75).

The shot put distance ranks White second in Carthage history and is the second-best performance this season in NCAA Division III. His weight throw win marked the second time he has won both events so far in 2022.

Also in the program’s record books was Craig Hundley II (Grayslake, Illinois), who won the mile in 4:18.29, a new personal best and the third fastest time in Carthage history.

Junior and Indian Trail graduate Alex Jarvis achieved further first places in the long jump (6.67 meters, personal best); student Joe Balas in the 600 (1:28.64); and sophomore Micah Anderson (Christian Life) in the 3,000 (8:53.86).

Women cross to the title

The women of Carthage scored 211.5 points, well ahead of Wheaton’s 119 and Carroll’s 117.5. Rounding out the team standings were Lake Forest with 21 points, St. Norbert with 15, Cardinal Stritch with 10 and North Central (Illinois) with six.

“(Friday) was a really good move as we get closer to the conference championship,” said Carthage assistant coach Cale Brown. “It’s great to see our team making progress while also learning how to compete against good competition week in and week out.”

Newcomer Julie Heinrichs took first place for the Firebirds in the 600 meters (1:51.18); older Amy Mayhill in the 1,000 (3:29.52); rookie Kylie Smith in the 3,000 (11:37.38); sophomore Pearl Moss in the high jump (1.51 m); junior Ilana Milos in the long jump (4.91 meters); and newcomer Abbey Calhoun in the triple jump (10.64 meters).

Calhoun’s mark in the triple jump puts her just outside the program’s all-time top 10 at this event.

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