2011-12 (R-FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Took 11th place at Indiana Intercollegiates with a time of 25:13 ... was the fifth Hoosier to finish at Pre-Nationals, clocking in at 25:54 ... ran to a first place finish at the Hoosier Invitational in 25:30.05 ... placed 66th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 31:45.3 as IU took second place as a team. Indoor: Clocked PRs of 4:17.42 in the mile, 8:31.04 in the 3,000m and 14:58.64 in the 5,000m. Outdoor: Ran a time of 9:17.82 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Border Battle ... clocked a 2:02.40 PR in the 800m and ran 4:01.12 in the 1,500m.
PREP: School record holder for Jim Nohl and Tom Gallagher at Cathedral ... ran PRs of 1:57 in the 800m and 4:24 in the 1,600m as well as the school record of 9:26 in the 3,200m ... took 17th at the state meet in the 3,200m in 2008.
PERSONAL: Son of Doug and Mary Laura Ricker ... has a sister, Aly, and two brothers, Chris and Nolan ... born May 26, 1991 ... exploratory major.
Coach Helmer on J.R.: "J.R. missed a lot of training his senior year due to injury after running a very solid 3200 PR in 2009. We think a little time and solid training will get him back on track and bring a nice jump in performance this year."