The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 15, 1998, Page 10, Image 10

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    Heldt lifts herself to top
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By James Nicas
Staff Reporter
Some people always seem des
tined to be in the limelight
But Nebraska junior thrower
Doreen Heldt has seemingly always
been one step away from her day in
the sun.
Since coming to Nebraska in
' 1995, Heldt has thrown in the shad
ow of two Cornhusker All
Americans, Paulette Mitchell and
Tressa Thompson. Despite their tri
umphs, Heldt has quietly become a
force in the Big 12.
In her freshman year, Heldt set
the school and Big 12 record in the
hammer throw before it was broken
by future American record holder
Recently, Heldt has been over
shadowed by two-time shot put
national champion Thompson.
However, the competition has
helped Heldt achieve her potential.
“Originally in her career, Doreen
was very intimidated walking into a
program that had both Paulette
Mitchell and Tressa Thompson,”
NU Throws Coach Mark Colligan
said. “She was asking what she had
to offer, and it took awhile for her to
get over that about herself.”
Heldt said the time spent around
Thompson has been key to her suc
“It is great to throw with Tress,”
Heldt said. “In the weight room, we
push each other, and she has been
real supportive.”
A Lisco native, Heldt was not
highly recruited out of Garden
County High School in Oshkosh.
Colligan said what Heldt lacked in
ability, she made up in determina
“Doreen is a blue-collar throw
er,” Colligan said of the 1997
Female Lifter of the Year. “She
spends more time in the weight
room than anybody, and throws
more than anybody.”
The weight room is a common
place to find Heldt. Besides working
out to improve throwing, she also
competes in national weightlifting
In 1996, Heldt set an American
Junior record in the snatch with a lift
of 77.5 kilos. She was also ranked
among the top-10 world juniors in
the 83-kilo weight class.
Keeping in shape for weightlift
ing competitions has helped Heldt
improve for throws.
“It’s a whole mindset and a dedi
cation thing to me,” Heldt said, “To
go in and lift and then come out and
throw, if helps keep a routine.”
Heldt’s hard work has been
fueled by a drive to make it to
nationals. Three times, Heldt has
provisionally qualified for the
NCAA Championships, but was not
In the indoor season, Heldt
tossed 55-2% in the 20-pound
weight throw, but had to stay in
Lincoln during nationals.
“My goal is always to make it to
nationals,” Heldt said. “I am throw
ing well now and should get better -
so I expect to make it this season.”
Though Heldt didn’t qualify for
the indoor national meet, the ham
mer toss may be her ticket to success
during the outdoor season. Heldt
tossed an NCAA provisional mark
of 178-3 in the hammer at the Fresno
Relays on April 4.
The NCAA Championships is a
realistic goal this year, but Heldt said
she will always strive to get better.
“I want to throw farther, be big
ger, be stronger and go to nationals.”
DeForge chooses WNBA
DEFORGE from page 9
camp are not automatically guaranteed
a spot on a WNBA roster, but league
director of player personnel Renee
Brown said she thinks one of die eleven
teams will draft DeForge.
“She is a good all-around player
who is fundamentally sound,” Brown
said. “She has excellent outside shoot
ing with three-point range. She handles
the ball well in transition and in the
half-court set, and she’s a strong
rebounder and finisher.”
DeForge credited first-year NU
Coach Paul Sanderford for “making me
the player I am today.” The two had an
agreement, she said, to work together to
help DeForge reach her goal of playing
pro ball.
Sanderford helped DeForge -
known primarily as an offensive player
during die first three years of her career
- with rebounding and defense.
DeForge led conference guards in
rebounding this season.
“I told her from day one that I wanted
to try to get her as ready as I possible could
for die next level,” Sanderfbfd said.
Sanderford said pro scouts contact
ed him about DeForge as early as
“The thing I stressed to them was
her durability,” Sanderford said. “She
did not miss a single game or practice
this year.”
DeForge has also impressed teams
with her ability to play three positions.
The WNBAls Charlotte and Houston, in
particular, have shown interest in the
All-Big 12 Conference selection.
DeForge finished her college career
by leading the Huskers in scoring
(18.5) and rebounding (7.9). She ranks
fourth on NU’s all-time list in scoring
(1,859), steals, rebounds and assists.
Linemen grow mto starting roles
LINE from page 9
said. “They take pride in their work.
“We have one goal, and that’s to
play the best we can and just be
Young said each of the linemen
will have a chance to become a leader
after they get their inexperience under
Last Saturday’s scrimmage, Young
said, wasn’t exactly pretty, but the
offensive linemen weren’t the only
players making mistakes.
“We had our share of boo-boos,
but it wasn’t just us,” Young said. “We
go through bumpy times every year
before things smooth out.
We’ll just work on getting better to
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Speedy defender steps up as starter
By Darren Ivy
Assignment Reporter
When freshman soccer player
Christine Gluck chose Nebraska, she
went against the norm of all her
Southern California Blues club soc
cer teammates.
Gluck, a Chino, Calif., native,
was the only player on the team to
leave California for college.
“They asked, ‘Are you going to be
OK?’” Gluck said. “Now I think a lot
of them wish they would have left
too. It’s been the best thing for me.”
During the fall, Gluck battled
homesickness, but this spring she is
getting comfortable as one of NU’s
starting defenders.
To improve her skills and
strength, Gluck spent a lot of extra
time during the winter and spring lift
ing weights and doing individual ses
sions with the coaches.
Her required individual sessions
improved her skills and made her
more comfortable on the field, NU
Coach John Walker said.
Although, the sessions are now
optional, Gluck still gets up for the
“I know it helps,” Gluck said.
“The more touches the better. It pays
off. I can already tell.”
The work in the weight room
resulted in a 0.2-second improvement
in her 40-yard-dash time and an
improvement in her 10-yard time.
Walker said Gluck’s speed is a big
asset to her as a defender.
“You can take some chances
sending people forward if you have
quality defenders with speed,”
Walker said.
Against North Carolina and Notre
Dame this spring, Gluck has been
matched up one-on-one with some of
the best strikers in the country.
And her speed allowed her to shut
them down.
(My parents) are my biggest fans”
Christine Gluck
NU defender
Gluck has always been fast.
In high school, Gluck was a
standout runner and competed in the
Junior Olympics National meet for
the Chino Pumas track club.
But after her sophomore season,
she said, she committed herself to
becoming a college soccer player.
That commitment led her to not
compete for Don Lugo High School
in track or soccer her senior year.
Instead she opted to play club soc
cer with one of the best teams in
“Our high school soccerprogramwas
n’t very organized,” Gluck said. “The
amount of intensity of one chib practice
was equal to five high school practices.”
Walker first saw Gluck play in a
tournament with the Blues and decid
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And he had an advantage because
he knew her coach.
However, Gluck said, the NU pro
gram sold itself.
Gluck said she heard about the
determination and focus on soccer of
the Nebraska girls and it interested
Once visiting, she decided it was
the place for her.
In the fall, she was homesick and
looked forward to the summer.
But having her parents fly out for
every home game helped her make
the transition.
“Without their support, I don’t
know how long I would have lasted,”
Gluck said. “They are my biggest fans.”
This summer, Gluck will return to
California and play with the Blues.
plew rules approved
By Sam McKewon
Senior Reporter
The NCAA wrestling rules com
mittee passed down four new regula
tions to address safety concerns in col
lege wrestling Monday.
And while they’re not perfect, NU
Assistant Wrestling Coach Mark Cody
said, the proposed changes are a step in
the right direction.
“They will help in keeping lives out
of danger,” Cody said. “I think there
were more options to look at, but I’m
not in a position to aigue.”
The proposed changes were in
response to the growing concern for
wrestler safety in cutting large amounts
of weight before and during foe season.
The recent deaths of three college
wrestlers forced foe rules committee to
draft certain changes Monday, one of
which would add 7 pounds to foe cur
rent weight limits.
The new weight classes will be 125
pounds, 133,141,149,157,165,174,
184,197 and heavyweight, which will
have a 285-pound limit
“Now we have an idea of where
wrestlers will fall for weights,” Cody
Another major change requires
doctors to examine wrestlers before the
beginning of the season to determine
the minimum weight at which a wrestler
can compete. Although he’s never seen
a wrestler not make his target weight,
Cody said, the weight assessment,
which is scheduled for Oct 1-7, is good
for safety.
“It’s good to keep track of body fat
and other health concerns,” Cody said.
“That’s something that not a lot of peo
ple had paid attention to in the past”
The rules committee continued to
prohibit the use of laxatives, saunas,
fluid restriction and self-induced vomit
ing to cut weight, a policy Cody sup
Additionally, wrestling practice rooms
can not be any warmer than 75 degrees.
Cody said NU used to keep its practice
facility at about 85 to 95 degrees.
“And the kids would start feeling it,
too, about halfway through,” Cody said.
“We seemed to have better practices when
we had the practice room a little cooler”
The one change Cody was not in
favor of was the one-hour cooling-off
period between weigh-in and wrestling.
Cody said the quality of wrestling could
suffer v
“The matches might not be as good”
Cody said. ‘1 just don’t know if an hour is
enough time to regain strength.”
finish 6th
at Classic
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska men’s golf team
finished sixth at the Shocker Classic
Tuesday in Wichita, Kan., in its final
regular season contest of the spring.
NU’s Peter Smith led the 34th
ranked Comhuskers with rounds of
75, 73 and a season-best 70.
However, Smith’s fourth-'place score
of 218 did not count toward the team
score because he was competing
Junior Steve Friesen grasped his
fifth top-20 finish of the year, tying
for 12th witha222 (73,70,79). Team
stroke-average leader Jamie Rogers,
who was in 70th after 18 holes,
came back to finish in a tie for 18th
with a three-round series of 224.
Rogers completed the year with two
victories, a runner-up finish and
five top-20 finishes.
Wichita State, which finished
with 877 strokes, won the tourna
ment by 12 strokes over Drake. The
Huskers finished with an 896.