Peter

van der Westhuizen

Petervan der WesthuizenZoom
Year: Senior
City/State: Kempton Park, South Africa
High School: Rhodesfield
Experience: Transfer

Bio


2007 (Senior)

Voted a captain in 2007, senior Peter van der Westhuizen (FON DER VEST-hay-zen) was the first Husker to cross the finish line in four of the five meets he competed in. His fourth-place finish at the Woody Greeno propelled the Big Red to its eighth team title in the meet's 18-year history. Two weeks after the Woody Greeno, van der Westhuizen finsihed 84th at the Roy Griak to help the Huskers finish 15th out of 23 teams. He posted his top finish at his final Big 12 Championship meet, running a time of 25:33.0 to finish 23rd. The last meet of van der Westhuizen's career came at the NCAA Midwest Regional where he finished 43rd with a time of 21:29.

 

2006 (Junior)

Compartment syndrome slowed van der Westhuizen during his junior season, as he finished just three meets while fighting through the intense pain. Despite the injury, van der Westhuizen continuned to show signs of greatness in limited action, finishing fourth overall at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. The finish was the highest on the team, stretching van der Westhuizen’s first-place team finishes to six, dating back to the 2005 season.

 

After being unable to finish the Roy Griak Invite, van der Westhuizen placed 39th and 53rd at the South Dakota State Invite and Chile Pepper Festival. He competed in postseason action on the conference and regional levels, but could not finish.

 

On the track, van der Westhuizen qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with the fifth-fastest 1,500-meter time in school history (3:41.17) at the NCAA Midwest Regional. During the indoor season, van der Westhuizen ran an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 4:01.79 in the mile, second on the Nebraska all-time charts. He was runner-up in the 1,000-meter run at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 2:22.41, also the second-fastest time in school history.

 

2005 (Sophomore)

After capturing the individual title in his first collegiate cross country race at the Creighton/UNO Classic, van der Westhuizen claimed consecutive top-10 finishes at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invite (eighth) and the South Dakota State Invite (third).

 

His 10K time of 30:00 at the Chile Pepper Festival was one of the fastest 10K times in Nebraska history, and he rounded out the season with a 25th-place performance at the Big 12 Championships in a season-best 8K time of 24:49.

 

After a strong season, van der Westhuizen had his campaign come to an abrupt end when he was unable to finish the race at the NCAA Midwest Regional because of compartment syndrome.

 

During the indoor track season, van der Westhuizen won at least one race in four meets. He posted an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark by winning the mile (4:04.34) at the Frank Sevigne Invitational. At the Big 12 Indoor Championships, he finished fifth in the 1,000 meters despite battling the flu.

 

He redshirted during the outdoor track season.

 

2005 (Freshman)
van der Westhuizen did not compete for the cross country team in his freshman year. He
joined the Nebraska track and field team in January 2005. After winning the mile by nearly four seconds (4:12.86) at the Holiday Inn Invitational as an unattached runner, he was on his way to becoming one of the most successful Husker milers in recent history.

 

The mark was lowered to a then personal-best time of 4:04.22 at the ISU Classic. That performance followed a second-place finish at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, in which he ran a 4:04.85.

 

van der Westhuizen doubled in the mile and 1,000-meter run at the adidas Classic, winning the mile (4:12.98) and taking third in the 1,000 (2:25.26). He was the runner-up in the mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

 

The Kempton Park, South Africa, native’s immediate impact in the NU distance program resulted in a semifinal appearance in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after a fifth-place showing (3:45.75) at the Midwest Regional. During the regular season, van der Westhuizen won the 800 meters (1:53.36) at the Emporia State Relays and the Springco-Long Beach Invite (1:50.29) after setting a personal best in the 1,500 (3:43.62) at the season-opening Stanford Invitational. He recorded his personal best of 1:49.57 at the Nebraska Invitational and earned third in the 1,500 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships (3:46.32).    
 

In South Africa

van der Westhuizen finished as the runner-up in the 1,500-meter run at the 2003 South African Junior (Under-20) Championships after finishing third in the same event a year earlier. He was coached by his father Glen van der Westhuizen.

 

Personal

The son of Glen and Mari van der Westhuizen, Peter was born Dec. 21, 1984. He has one sister, Stacey (19), a student at the University of Pretoria. Peter is majoring in nutritional science and dietetics at Nebraska.

2007 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (8K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (8K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

Sr.

DNR

4th, 25:05.2

84th, 26:07.9

DNR

82nd, 24:24.7

23rd, 25:33.0

43rd, 21:29

DNQ

2006 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

South Dakota State (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (10K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

So.

DNR

4th, 25:54

DNF

39th, 26:56.1

53rd, 30:51

DNF

DNF

DNQ

2005 Results

Creighton/UNO (8K)

Woody Greeno (8K)

Roy Griak (8K)

South Dakota State (8K)

Chile Pepper Festival (10K)

Big 12 Championships (8K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (10K)

NCAA Championships (10K)

So.

1st, 28:04

8th, 25:34

DNF

3rd, 25:19

28th, 30:00

25th, 24:49

DNF

DNQ

 

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Woody Greeno Invitational
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Isabel Andrade - After the Woody Greeno Invitational Sept. 21, 2013