Monarchs Move To Top On Moving Day

Methodist Moves Closer to 14th Golf Title; Blaskowski Sets 100m Mark; Are Student-Athletes Employees? Penultimate Lax Weekend

MAY 19, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Monarchs Move To Top On Moving Day

Cameron Cappuzzo, Christopher Newport

13-time champion Methodist holds the 54-hole lead at the 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship in Nicholasville, Ky.

The Monarchs posted the day’s best four-man score of 291 to seize a four-shot lead over Piedmont entering the final round. RPI, Saint John’s and Carnegie Mellon remain in the hunt.

Christopher Newport’s Robb Kinder fashioned a 2-under-par 70 to take a one-shot lead over Cameron Cappuzzo of Methodist and Bobby Beaubein of Illinois Wesleyan with 18 holes remaining. Second-round leader Henry Scavone of Carnegie Mellon skiied to a 79 and is T-23 at 219.


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2. Blaskowski Does It Again

UW-La Crosse sophomore Sam Blaskowski shattered the DIII record in the 100 meters, breaking the line in 10.16 (+1.9 m/s) at the UWL Final Qualifier on Thursday. He took down the old mark that had stood for 40 years by Mount Union’s Derrick Rippy of 10.18.

3. Complaint Could Lead to Students Declared Employees

by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY

“The National Labor Relations Board’s Los Angeles office on Thursday issued a complaint against the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference and the University of Southern California, alleging they have unlawfully misclassified college athletes as “student-athletes” rather than employees.

The action — which applies to athletes in football, men's basketball and women's basketball — means that the NCAA, Pac-12 and USC will face a hearing before an administrative law judge on Nov. 7.

At that hearing, NLRB’s general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo will be seeking an order requiring those three entities to “reclassify the Players as employees rather than as ‘student-athletes’ in their files, including, but not limited to, their handbooks and rules, and notify all current Players that they have done so,” according to the complaint, which was issued under the National Labor Relations Act.”

» Why It Matters: “A statement from NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado said the administrative law judge can order “make-whole” remedies. “Make-whole” relief, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website, “means simply that the contractor restores the victim of discrimination to the position, both economically and in terms of status, that he or she would have occupied had the discrimination not occurred.This means that the NCAA, Pac-12 and USC could be subject to monetary damages.” 

» The Big Picture:The joint-employer approach is significant because it could result in the case ultimately applying not only to athletes at private schools — which are subject to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) — but also to athletes at public schools, said Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program and Tulane University's associate provost for NCAA compliance.”

» What They’re Saying: “This process will prove that these athletes are employees under labor law and are entitled to all rights and protections afforded to other employees in America,” saidNational College Players Association executive director Ramogi Huma said in a statement.”

4. The Penultimate Weekend

It’s the penultimate weekend for lacrosse in Division III, as the women get ready to whittle their field to four, while the men determine their national finalists.


#13 Trinity (13-5) at #1 Middlebury (19-0)
#12 Colby (13-5) vs. #6 TCNJ (16-3)
#18 Pomona-Pitzer (20-1) at #21 Kenyon (18-1)
#8 Franklin & Marshall (16-4) vs. Denison (11-10)

#19 St. John Fisher (17-2) at #3 William Smith (19-0)
#5 Tufts (15-4) vs. #7 Wesleyan (15-3)
#9 Gettysburg (16-4) vs. #2 Washington and Lee (19-1)
#4 Salisbury (15-3) vs. #10 York, Pa. (17-3)


#11 Lynchburg (14-6) at #1 Tufts (19-0)
#3 RIT (19-1) vs. #5 Middlebury (17-2)

#9 Washington and Lee (17-4) at #2 Salisbury (19-1)
#4 Christopher Newport (18-2) vs. #6 Dickinson (16-3)


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5. Lightning Round ⚡️

🥎 Softball. Debbie Hill and Alexis Michon combined for a no-hitter as Trine blanked Waynesburg, 7-0, in the NCAA softball regionals. Hill went the first five, walking one and fanning seven.

🥎 Softball. Web Gem! Case Western’s Kela Jagoda deserved a nod after this grab in the NCAA tournament against Penn State Altoona. And don’t run on TCNJ catcher Julia Mayernik.

🎾 Tennis. The individuals for the 2023 NCAA Division III women’s tennis singles and doubles championships were announced.

🎾 Tennis. Case Western Reserve’s Hannah Kassaie won the Elite 90 Award for NCAA DIII women's tennis. She has a 4.0 GPA in nutrition.

 🎽 Track and Field. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the latest inductees into the NCAA Division III Athlete Hall of Fame. The following former student-athletes will be honored for their outstanding performances and contributions to the sport: Ryan Bak of Trinity College, Elizabeth (Woodworth) Kujawa of UW-Oshkosh, Uzoma Orji of MIT, Kym Orr of SUNY Fredonia, Healy Thompson of Williams and Nancy (Cisar) Nelson of Central (Iowa).

🗞 News. Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, personally received a gift of $150,000 in 2016 from Jeffrey Epstein, the late, disgraced billionaire convicted in 2008 of sexually abusing children.

🎂 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for Carrie Austin. Early wishes for Crew Keller (Sun.).

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