The Illinois Wesleyan women’s track team earned a share of the fourth-place trophy in the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships Saturday at Greencastle, Ind.
The Titans, who also tied for fourth last year, scored 21 points as did the University of Chicago. Wartburg won (33) followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh (29) and St. Lawrence (24).
IWU got an eight-point boost in the final event from its runner-up 1,600-meter relay team of Ali McCoy, Lauren Alpert, Jessica Christy and Lauren Rock, who clocked 3 minutes, 51.59 seconds to trail only Wartburg (3:48.73).
McCoy also placed fifth in the 400 (57.22) while teammate Mackenzie Clemens of Bloomington was fifth in the 800 (2:13.62). Amanda LaRocca placed eighth in the 55 hurdles (8.47), but was disqualified in the 55 dash.
The Titans were the 2008 indoor national champions and also placed fourth in 2006; sixth in 2004; eighth in 2000; and 10th in 2007.
Baseball team falls: Home runs by Casey McIntosh and Kevin Callahan weren’t nearly enough as the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team fell to Marietta College, 20-8, at Memphis, Tenn.
IWU (0-3) got three hits and two RBIs from McIntosh. Ryan Hopp added a triple and Mike Morrissey a double for the Titans, who were outhit, 18-11. Kraig Ladd had two hits for IWU.
Alex Tosi, the first of five IWU pitchers, took the loss after allowing nine hits and seven earned runs over four innings.
Marietta improved to 1-2.
AT MEMPHIS, TENN.
Illinois Wesleyan ...103 020 002-8-11-2
Marietta College...204 2656 00x-20-18-1
Tosi (L), Hayn (5), Sweeny (5), Kopp (6), McCullough (8) and McDermott, Schiller. Brown, Brockmeier (3, W), Langdon (8), Lewis (9) and Jones.
ILLINOIS WESLEYAN - 2B- Morrissey. 3B- Hopp. HR- McIntosh, Callahan. RBI- McIntosh 3, Callahan 2, Ladd 1, Hopp 1, North 1, Grodecki 1. Pitching- Tosi (4 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO), Hayn (0.1 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 1 BB), Sweeny (1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB0, Kopp (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO), McCullough (1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER).
Records - IWU 0-3, Marietta 1-2.