Illegal performance-enhancing drugs have been banned for a long time – in fact, they’ve been tested for in the NCAA for more than a decade. Division I athletes have to pass a drug test before beginning practice or competition. Yet at D-III schools, drug tests remain scarce.
“Some schools choose to test randomly every week,” Track Coach Wayne Stacy said.
The NCAA performs mandatory drug screenings on its All-Americans. Football and basketball players are tested after playoff games, track athletes are tested at the NCAA championships and wrestlers are tested when they reach the status of being an All-American.
“One of the major issues facing institutions trying to institute drug testing is privacy,” Stacy said. “All I know is that all NCAA gold medalists in track get tested automatically.”
Cost prevents many smaller schools from conducting frequent screenings.
“The problem is that [drug screenings] cost so much to do that Division III programs generally can’t afford to test their athletes,” said junior Zac Craig, a student trainer.
While drug problems may not be an overwhelming problem at Simpson, athletes are told to beware.
“They told us there was the chance we’d have to pass a random drug screen,” said senior All-American wrestler Clint Manny upon reaching All-American status. “But I don’t actually think they ever followed through with it.”