2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Indoor: Launched a PR 16.12m (52-10.75) at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... threw a PR of 18.00m (59-0.75) in the weight throw at the Gladstein Invitational. Outdoor: Took ninth in the shot put at the NCAA Championships for second team All-America honors with a huge PR on the day of 16.98m (55-8.5) ... qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she took 23rd ... advanced to NCAAs out of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where she threw 15.84m (51-11.75) for 11th ... had a heave of 16.11m (52-10.25) at the Border Battle to earn her way into the NCAA Prelims ... recorded career bests of 34.07m (111-9) in the discus and 53.74m (176-4) in the hammer.
AT MIAMI: Took second at the 2011 ACC Outdoor Championships in the shot put and recorded a PR on the season of 15.54m ... launched an indoor shot put PR of 15.24m and also took second at ACC's ... launched PRs of 48.77m in the hammer and 16.46m in the weight.
PREP: Led James Bell's North Central squad to a runner-up finish at the 2008 Indiana State meet ... three time state runner-up in the shot put ... school record holder at 47-7.75 in the shot put ... a four-time academic all-conference member... named to the academic all-state team ... four-year letterwinner in basketball as well.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Keith and Dianna ... has two older brothers, Kendall and Keith ... a psychology major ... born March 22, 1991.
COACH HELMER: "Kyla is another high level transfer coming into Coach Jones' outstanding throws program. As with all transfers her success will depend on how long it takes her to transition into the demanding work load required of all successful athletes at this level. She is not starting over, but is starting new, and her success during this adjustment period will be directly related to her desire to excel. She will be an immediate force at the Big Ten level."