Track & Field

    Track & Field Announces 15 More Signees

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has now added 33 student-athletes to his roster for the 2013-14 season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has now added 33 student-athletes to his roster for the 2013-14 season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug 20, 2013

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced 15 more athletes who have signed on to join the program for the 2013-14 season, moving the class to a total of 33 signees (17 women, 16 men). The 15 additions include eight women and seven men, highlighted by 2013 Canadian Junior Champion in the triple jump Danielle Quinn, who comes from Sarnia, Ontario, hometown of IU legend Derek Drouin, as well as 2013 BIG EAST pole vault champion and Bloomington native, Drew Volz, who transfers in from South Florida. Volz is the son of IU legend Dave Volz.

    Below are capsules of all 15 signees with quotes from Helmer about each student-athlete. To view the full 2013-14 signing class, visit our Signing Class Central.

    Clapp, Spencer
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Winner of 2013 Indiana Runner Indoor Distance Showcase 3200 in 9:17.55
    PR: 3200 - 9:13.92, 1600 - 4:22.27, 5000 - 15:00.88
    Coach Helmer: "Spencer had a breakthrough performance at the state meet last spring and started well this winter with an outstanding 3200. In time I think Spencer can become a very solid Big Ten level distance runner."

    Closs, Michael
    New Providence, New Jersey
    New Providence High School, New Providence, New Jersey
    Pole Vault
    Second in the 2013 New Jersey Meet of Champions
    PR: Pole Vault - 15' 0"
    Coach Helmer: "Michael caught our eye late this spring as he finished up his high school career with a personal best. Physically he shows great potential for continued development and we are excited to see how he progresses in our outstanding vault program."



    Leonard, Steven
    Spring, Texas
    Klein High School, Klein, Texas
    High Jump
    Third in the 2013 Texas State Meet jumping 6' 10"
    PR: High Jump - 6' 11"
    Coach Helmer: "Steven had a nice 2013 outdoor season and shows the potential to get much better. We have had success developing high jumpers in recent years and look forward to seeing what Steven can do."

    Mable, Adrian
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    South Side High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Third in the 110 Hurdles and 9th in the 300 Hurdles at the 2013 Indiana State Meet
    PR: 55 Hurdles - 7.54, 110 Hurdles - 14.02, 300 Hurdles - 38.55 Coach Helmer: "Adrian was very consistent this outdoor season. He must adjust to the college 42" hurdles but has shown the athletic ability necessary to get the job done."

    Miller, Luke
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    7th Place in the 2013 State Meet 1600
    PR: 1600 - 4:17.20
    Coach Helmer: "Luke came on late in the outdoor season running a personal best to score in the state meet. We need him to continue to learn to train, develop and find a way to ultimately help our outstanding group of young distance runners get better."

    Reilly, Kieran
    Dover, Kent, United Kingdom
    Dover Grammar School for Boys, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom
    PR: 3000 - 8:15.33, 1500 - 3:45.99, 800 - 1:52.22
    Coach Helmer: "Kieran had a very good 2013 outdoor campaign running times that should allow him to quickly find a way to make an impact on our team. He has good range and will become a very good cross country runner as well."

    Volz, Drew
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Bloomington South High School, Bloomington Indiana/University of South Florida
    Pole Vault
    2013 Big East Conference Indoor Pole Vault Champion
    PR: Pole Vault - 5.21 (17' 1")
    Coach Helmer: "After winning state championships in high school and a conference championship at South Florida Drew has decided to return home to Bloomington and IU to finish his career. His experience and love for the event will be a welcome addition to our outstanding group of young pole vaulters."

    Adeniyi, Michelle
    South Bend, Indiana
    South Bend Clay High School, South Bend, Indiana
    High Jump/Sprints
    Scored in the High Jump in the 2013 State Meet while just missing the final in both sprints.
    PR: High Jump - 5' 6", 100 - 12.48, 200 - 25.67
    Coach Helmer: "Michelle appears to have some versatility and it will be up to our coaching staff to determine where she can have the biggest impact on our team."

    Elliott, Casey
    Center Grove, Indiana
    Center Grove High School, Center Grove, Indiana
    Pole Vault
    PR: Pole Vault - 11' 6"
    Coach Helmer: "We believe Casey possesses a great deal of untapped potential that could give her a chance to develop and become a contributing member of our outstanding pole vault group. Hard work and time will tell just how far she can go."

    Johnson, Summer
    Plymouth, Minnesota
    Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minnesota
    Middle Distance
    PR: 800 relay - 2:16.1, 400 relay - 57.8
    Coach Helmer: "Summer is another walk on with times similar to those athletes we have had in the past who developed into solid Big Ten performers. We will go to work and see what the future has in store for her."

    King, Brittni
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Tabb High School, Yorktown, Virginia
    2013 Indoor State Champion in the 300 and runner-up in the 500
    PR: 200 - 25.50, 300 - 40.05, 400 - 57.67, 500 - 1:16.89
    Coach Helmer: "Brittni has good range and has shown the capacity to do some work. Once she adapts to the necessary level of work we believe she will develop into a very good long sprinter."

    Kutis, Beatrice
    Gaston, Indiana
    Wes-Del High School, Gaston, Indiana
    Middle Distance
    Beatrice was a state meet qualifier in the 800 in 2013.
    PR: 800 - 2:17.00, 500 - 59.6
    Coach Helmer: "Beatrice was consistent in the 2:17-2:18 range. As she adapts to full-time high-level training we will hope that her times drop into the range where she can be competitive in the Big Ten. She has lots of work to do but appears to be up to the challenge."

    Quinn, Danielle
    Sarnia, Ontario
    St. Christopher High School, Sarnia, Ontario
    2013 Canadian Junior Champion in the Triple Jump PR: Triple Jump - 12.39(40' 7 ¾"), Long Jump - 5.47 (17' 11 ½") Coach Helmer: "Danielle took some very large steps forward this spring and showed the ability to compete for wins in the process. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for the event should help her continue to develop into a Big Ten force."

    Rouse, Jean
    Stafford, Virginia
    Mountain View High School, Stafford Virginia
    PR: 200 - 25.65, 400 - 55.90, 800 - 2:18.82
    Coach Helmer: "Jean ran a solid 55.90 midway through the spring showing the ability to run at a high level. She could very well develop into a solid 800 meter runner in time and with some work."

    Stenger, Madison
    Ft. Wayne, Indiana
    Carroll High School, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
    Middle Distance
    Member of second place 4 X 800 at 2013 State Meet
    PR: 800 - 2:14.97, 800 relay - 2:12.6, Mile - 5:08.00
    Coach Helmer: Madison ran well last spring and comes from a Carroll High School program that has sent us a number of very talented athletes. We need her to have a great outdoor season this spring and position herself to become another solid Big Ten middle distance performer from her school."


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