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When Yvonne van der Kolk came
to tto VmSimu last year, the had
no intendongf running cross country.
Nor did lie plan on being mi AU
don. In Act, she
said she didn't
know what the
ica’ meant undl
she earned that
honor last season.
Yet bosh things
van der Kolk came van dor Kolk
to Nebraska last
year from Hilversum, Netherlands as
When she was oily 15, American
universities began to recruit her, van
der Kolk said. And, while she origi
nally replied''no way" to the idea of
coming to the United States, she
eventually changed her mind.
In Apnl 1988, van der Kolk took a
‘ i to visit Boston Univer
The choice was
but she elected to
leave the Netherlands in favor of
becoming a Cumhusker.
Nebraska assistant track coach
Dave Harris recruited van der Kolk to
ran the 809 end l^OO1 meter races.
Cross country came as an after
thought Van der Kolk said that origi
nally she wasn’t very food ofttektea.,.
‘T was not planning on running
cross country at all,'’she said, “espe
cially because I had a long season in
198b. I lad just gone to tba^wiorl^
junior track andtield championships.
I was a bit tired of the whole season.
“Then I came here, and they said,
‘Well, are you gonna’ run cross coun
While she originally declined the
offer, van der Kolk finally consented
on the condition that she would not
ran in all of the meets.
Van der Kolk said running cross
country wasn’t easy at first She said
wasn’t sure how she was going to
do entering her first meet last season.
She finished 12th. N
Van der Kolk said her anxieties
wore prompted by the longer races
and flatter courses that are employed
in America. She said she was used to
running 3-kilometer races, as op
posed to the more-traditional 5-kilo
meter races, over flatter courses.
“It was completely different than
the cross country I had ran in the
Netherlands,” van der Kolk said.
“There were three big hills. To the
re* tit the team it was flat; because
they were used to running hills.
“The Netherlands is flatter than
Nehruak^aolof me it waa,tough.”
But van der Kolkmade the adjust
ments and finished fifth at last year's
Big Eight meet.
v Then, the newcomer made herself
blown nationally with a 16th-place
finish at the National Collegiate Ath
letic Association championships.
That feat earned her All-America
status, but the significance of the
moment nearly was lost
“At first, I didn’t know what ’All
American’ was,” she said. "People
said, ’Maybe you're going to be an
All-American’ and I was like . .
What’s an All-American?’”
When she found out the honor was
bestowed upon the best 25 runners,
van der Kolk said she was pleased
with the achievement
“When I found out what ’All
American’ was,” she said, “1 was
really happy with that.”
Despite her success in cross coun
try, van der Kolk’s favorite races are
soil the 800 and the 1,500. She has
personal bests of 2:04.3 in the 800
and 4:13.98 in the 1,500.
Van der Kolk was forced to sit out
those events during the outdoor track
season last year because of a ham
siring injury suffered at the Big Eight
indoor track meet
This summer, van der Kolk re
turned to Europe where she nui races
in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ger
many and Switzerland. She com
peted in the Dutch Championships,
where she finished third in the IpOO
after resuming practice only a month
Now, after a short break that has
kept her from running cross country
this season, van der Kolk said she is
gearing up for the Portland Invita
tional Oct 14.
Gearing up, that is, in a controlled
“Cross country is not my main
goal," van der Kolk said. “I like it,
bnt I’m just building up a base for the
outdoor season by running now."
Van der Kolk has been running
since she was eight years old. She has
competed in two world chamjjuon
pienships anditakfiTstint with the
Dutch national team.
Van der Kolk said she wants to
compete in the European indoor next
year, and has set a distant goal of
competing in the Olympics.
Cross country coach Jay Dirksen
said the Olympics are not a far
fetched dream for van der Kolk. He
said van der Kolk is a special talent
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NU football player says team continues
to improve, has shot at national title
By Scott Stream
As the Nebraska football team
continues to progress this season, so
will defensive tackle Joe Sims.
Sims, a junior from Sudbury,
Mass., said ihat the Comhuskers are
improving from game to game.
* ‘We have a long way to go before
we are satisfied," Sims said. "We
are improving each week,, especially
the younger guys and the older play
ers are coming around."
Sims attended Sudbury’s Lin
coln Hi|h School where he met Mike
Croel his junior year. The two have
been close friends since, Sims said.
Sims and Croel came to Nebraska
together after graduating from high
school. Sims said it was nice to have
a friend around when he* was a fresh
man because he felt homesick at first
But with being on the football team,
Sums said he quickly made new
j Sims’ major is criminal .justice
and he said his main concern is to get
a college degree. He would like to
play professional football, if the op
portunity arrives, but he said that he
isn’t totally counting on it
“My major concern right now is to
keep studying hard and getting good
grades,’’ Sims said. “If a team wants
to draft me, I might go. But I’m not
even sure I want to play professional
football after college.
“We are at a point where we’re
proving we could be a great team that
plays great,” Sims said.
Sims said he is happy with the way
the defense has been playing so far.
Against Utah, the Huskers had some
trouble stopping the Utes’s passing
game, Sims said.
“Steve Mitchell was the best
quarterback that I have ever played
aaainst,” Sims said. “And I’ve
played against (Troy) Aikman and
The Utes scored toward the end of
the game making the score closer
than the actual game, Sims said. Sims
said that the defense had a mental
letdown, i * * «
“We were asleep on that last play,
but we never will have a physical
letdown,” Sims said. “No matter
what the score, everyone always
gives 100 percent.”
Sims said the Huskers* chances m
the Big Eight were as good as every
one else’s, and that he thinks Ne
braska has a good chance to finish
“If we keep playing the way we
have, I think that we will havea good
shot at a National title,” Sims said.
“We just can’t be satisfied at this
point in the season. We must fine
tune the machine.”
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