Friday, May 13, 2022

18 Holes to Glory


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. 18 Holes to Glory

Women's Golf Builds NCAA Lead; Ellen Dong Ties NCAA Championships Individual Record
Ellen Dong, Emory

The Methodist men and the Emory women lead the way entering the final 18 holes of the NCAA Division III golf championships.

The Monarchs, ranked first nationally, hold a 12-stroke advantage over Huntingdon and Hampden-Sydney. Claremont-M-S is also within striking distance at 13 shots back.

Methodist senior Andre Chi posted a two-under-par 70 to take the individual lead from teammate Henry Augier. Chi has a one-shot lead over JF Aber of Wittenberg and is two shots clear of Webster's Will Hocker and Augier.

>> Team Results
>> Individual Results

The No. 1 ranked Emory women have a 24-shot advantage over Redlands and are leading George Fox by 27 with one round remaining. 

Eagle first-year Ellen Dong fashioned a one-under 72 to forge a three-shot lead over four players - Redlands' Iris Liu, George Fox's Alison Takamiya, Mary Hardin-Baylor's Sydney McConnell and Methodist's Jillian Drinkard.

>> Team Results
>> Individual Results


2. Four to the Second Round

Wayne Nelms and Sundeep Chakladar high fiving

The DIII Men's Tennis team championship opened on Thursday with four matches.

Stevens d. Eastern Nazerene, 5-0

  • The Ducks will take on Middlebury in the second round.
Illinois Tech d. Greenville, 5-3
  • The Scarlet Hawks square off with Chicago next.
MIT d. Baruch, 5-0
  • The Engineers take on RPI this afternoon.
North Central (Ill.) d. UW-Superior, 5-0
  • The Cardinals face off with Gustavus Adolphus in the next round.
>> Bracket
>> Singles Players, Doubles Teams Selected to NCAA Championship

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3. Moving On

Susan Biederstedt, Denison

The DIII Women's Tennis team championship opened on Thursday with seven matches.

Hope d. Cairn, 5-0

  • The Flying Dutch take on Carnegie Mellon in the second round.

UW-Whitewater d. Illinois Tech, 5-0
Grinnell d. Northwestern, 5-0

  • The Warhawks and the Pioneers meet in a second round match.

Oneonta d. Lebanon Valley, 5-2

  • The Red Dragons meet Claremont-M-S this afternoon.

North Central (Ill.) d. Franciscan, 5-0

  • The Cardinals take on Middlebury in the next round.

Denison d. Pitt-Greensburg, 6-0

  • The Big Red draws Case Western this afternoon.

Carleton d. Luther, 5-1

  • The Knights are paired with Chicago in the second round.
>> Bracket
>> Singles Players, Doubles Teams Selected to NCAA Championship

4. Profs, Eagles Top Ratings

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Indices for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).


  1. Rowan, 267.05
  2. UW-Eau Claire, 154.53
  3. UW-Oshkosh, 128.42
  4. Hardin-Simmons, 123.42
  5. John Carroll, 121.19
  6. UW-La Crosse, 104.52
  7. Pomona-Pitzer, 99.99
  8. UW-Stout, 94.99
  9. Carnegie Mellon, 87.92
  10. McMurry, 85.47
>> Men's Rating Index

By Region
East: MIT, Tufts, WPI
Great Lakes: John Carroll, Mount Union, Trine
Metro; Rowan, Ursinus, TCNJ
Mid-Atlantic: Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Susquehanna
Mideast: Williams, RPI, Springfield
Midwest: Wartburg, Loras, Dubuque
Niagara: Geneseo, Cortland, Ithaca
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire
South: Lynchburg, Berry, Emory
West: Claremont-M-S, Hardin-Simmons, Pomona-Pitzer

>> Men's Regional Index

  1. UW-La Crosse, 215.62
  2. Loras, 179.19
  3. Johns Hopkins, 168.62
  4. Washington, Mo., 149.37
  5. Geneseo, 111.55
  6. WPI, 84.60
  7. Rochester, 78.78
  8. Wartburg, 78.48
  9. Trine, 77.70
  10. UW-Platteville, 72.70
>> Women's Rating Index

By Region
East: Tufts, MIT, WPI
Great Lakes: Mount Union, John Carroll, Trine
Metro: TCNJ, Rowan, Stevens
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Misericordia
Mideast: Williams, Amherst, Middlebury
Midwest: Washington U., Loras, Wartburg
Niagara: Geneseo, Ithaca, Rochester
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire, St. Norbert
South: Lynchburg, Emory, Rhodes
West: George Fox, Claremont-M-S, Redlands

>> Women's Regional Index

5.  Leagues Set Scheduling Agreement

The Empire 8 and Landmark Conferences have agreed to a scheduling agreement in football for non-conference competition. 

This alliance will see members of both conferences fill vacancies within their respective schedules with nonconference opponents, with each institution playing two contests (one home, one away) against opponents from the other conference.
The conferences focused on geography and competitive balance when planning the matchups. With both leagues boasting seven members each, an alliance between the two conferences was a great fit for all 14 institutions.

>> What They're Saying: “This is an exciting opportunity as the Landmark Conference aims to build its brand and reputation on the gridiron,” stated Landmark Commissioner Katie Boldvich. “This collaboration will provide quality competition and enhance the student-athlete experience with like-minded institutions," said Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano.

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6.  Lightning Round has an excellent web page devoted to conference championship results and a glance at possible Pool C bids.

  Cake and candles to Luther assistant track and field coach Doreen Fullhart and Illinois Wesleyan assistant AD Katie Gonzales who celebrate Saturday. Also Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic facilities director Bob Sierra and Wilson head women's basketball coach Shane Rottier who celebrate on Sunday.


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