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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1999)
By Josh Camenzind
As the new millennium
appears over the horizon, the
future looks bright for the future of
Nebraska track and field.
NU signed six females and
five male athletes to National
Letters of Intent to compete for
Coach Gary Pepin starting next
season. Recruiting Coordinator
Matt Martin is excited about this
“In the three years I have been
here, I would say this has been our
best effort,” said Martin. “We have
brought in people that are going to
be able to compete at the national
level right away and that is impor
The highlight of this year’s
class is Michelle Mann from
Lancaster University in the United
Kingdom. She will come to the
team with only one year of eligi
bility remaining, but will provide
instant leadership for younger run
“She will be our No. 1 cross
country runner as well, and will be
able to contend at the national
level in the distance events,”
Kathy Handrup is a three-time
defending state cross country
champion from Aurora. She is also
looking to three-peat in the 1600
meter run at the state meet this
year., Ramapa, NAL.vnative Misty
Scott continues the Husker tradi
tion of great 400-meter runners.
She may also contend for a spot on
the 4x400 meter relay team.
Emily Waibel is an accom
plished hurdler from Oklahoma
who will help the team right away
in both hurdle events and possibly
on a relay team.
Two weeks ago she placed
third in the Texas Relays in the
The men’s class is led by
javelin thrower Zach Josephson.
He is the top returning prep throw
er in the country, and should help
ease the loss of Scott Warren and
Aaron Gumm. Jed Barta and Mike
Kamm should bolster the distance
events as well as the cross country
High jumper Mike Settles of
North Bend and Nate Gustin of
Rosalie join two other in-state
products who signed during the
Settles is well on his way this
season to becoming only one of
three or four men to high jump
seven feet in the state of Nebraska.
Gustin is a weightman that likely
will redshirt to work on the ham
Sprinter Broc Howard of
Kearney and middle distance run
ner Lucas Baumann of Beatrice
make up the remainder of in state
recruits. Jonathon Henley and Eric
Eshbach are teammate pole
vaulters from Orangefield, Texas.
They both should make an
immediate impact; especially
Eshbach, whose personal best is
tops on the NU all-time leader
The team still feels a need for
quality women sprinters and over
all good athletes who can come in
and compete at the national level
“It appears that we are going
pretty good so far,” Pepin said.
“We just need more great athletes
because we have two good teams
but just not enough people who
can compete at the highest level.”
Voss rolls as NU
beats Texas Tech
By Brandon Schulte
Husker pitcher Jenny Voss
received a pep talk before Monday’s
doubleheader against Texas Tech, but
it didn’t come from Coach Rhonda
It came from Voss’ sister Holly.
“I just decided last night, when I
was talking to my sister, that I need to
start shutting people out,” Voss said.
“Because that used to be a trademark
of mine, it was tough for people to get
a run across the plate. In order to do
that, I need to be on top of my game
and use a lot of tools to keep them off
And keep Tech off balance she did.
She pitched both ends of the double
header winning both 1-0 and 2-1. On
the day, she scattered nine hits in 14
innings in the process of giving up
zero earned runs to pick up her 14“
and 15th wins on the season.
With the sweep, Nebraska
improved to 24-13 overall and 8-4 in
the Big 12 Conference, which is good
enough for third place at 2.5 games
behind league leader Oklahoma. Tech
(29-26, 4-6) fell into a tie for fifth
place in the conference.
Mental errors factored heavily into
both contests. In game one NU scored
the only run of the game on a mistake
by Tech catcher Kristi Tunnell.
Jenifer Williams started the third
by drawing a walk and advanced to
second on a wild pitch. Two batters
later she moved to third on a Ginger
Taylor single. Taylor then stole second
as Tunnell threw to an uncovered sec
ond base, allowing Williams to score.
Voss made good of the gift, strik
ing out five to make good on her
pledge to shut out the Red Raiders.
“Obviously I don’t make up any
new pitches to get people out,” Voss
said. “I’m more precise on offspeed,
mixing speeds and going with my gut
feeling. I get a little more plugged in
each and every inning. I try to do what
I can with what they give me.”
The second game was character
ized by gaffes from both sides. The
Red Raiders got on the board in the
third when a error by NU’s Jamie
Fuente allowed Sandy Butler to score.
Fuente made up for her early error
to double to right center in the fourth,
and catcher Ellen Middleton singled
to right center. Pinch runners for both
advanced to second and third base set
ting the stage for Heather Martin to
pinch hit for Taylor.
Martin, a .103 hitter entering the
weekend, laced a single down the third
base line to score both runners.
“My teammates who are on base
have given me an opportunity to come
in and do my job,” Martin said. “The
opportunity has been given to me and
if I step up and take it, then job well
done. And if not, at least put the ball
into play so they can do something.”
The final miscue of the day came
in the sixth when Tech’s Kim Martinez
was doubled off at third when she
tagged early on a fly to left.
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