Aug. 25, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced the signing class for the 2010-11 school year. The class consists of 13 men and 11 women. The class is highlighted by three true freshmen that claimed state titles at the high school level, and a year after adding three-time NCAA Div. III national champion Monique Riddick, the Hoosiers add two-time NAIA champion pole vaulter Stefano Koufidis.
“I’m very excited about our incoming group of student-athletes,” Helmer said. “This group has a lot of potential to help our program achieve its goals. We were very happy to continue to recruit nationally and internationally while also keeping some good in-state talent here in Indiana. We took steps last season toward the level of achievement that we aspire to, and this group should help us continue toward that goal.”
Penn H.S., Mishawaka, Ind.
3rd in 2009 State Meet Shot Put
PR’s: SP - (44’ 7”)
Coach Helmer on M.J.: “M.J. had a very good senior indoor season, but an injury slowed her development outdoors and she could not build on her junior-year third-place finish at the state meet. Coach Jones has done a great job developing solid high school talents and M. J. should fit right in as she learns to work at the collegiate level on a consistent basis.”
Wilson H.S., Long Beach, Calif.
PR’s: LJ - (19’ ¼”), TJ - (39’ 5”), 200 - (25.06), 300H - (45.15)
Coach Helmer on Fabrina: “Fabrina comes out of the storied Long Beach Wilson program so there is no doubting her preparation and understanding of what big time track is about. She is a well-rounded athlete who has the ability to help us in several areas and only time will tell where she has the ability to make the biggest impact on our program.”
Landstown H.S., Virginia Beach, Va.
2nd in 2010 Indoor State Meet 1000
PR’s: 3200 - (10:37.01), Mile - (5:04.72), 1000 - (2:58.80)
Coach Helmer on Stephanie: “We are very excited about adding Stephanie to our rapidly improving group of women distance runners. She has very good range, a great work ethic and the demeanor to adapt to consistent serious distance training, while enjoying the process and the competitive challenge as much as the success.”
Whitmer H.S., Toledo, Ohio
Sprints 7th in 2009 State Meet 400
PR’s: 400 - (55.98), 200 - (25.60)
Coach Helmer on Samantha: “Samantha has had a consistent and solid high school career and we believe she has the tools necessary to develop into a very competitive Big Ten 400 meter runner. Her work ethic appears to be rivaled only by her desire to improve -- a formula that usually leads to great success.”
Ft. Wayne Wayne H.S., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
PR’s: 200 - (25.23)
Coach Helmer on Elise: “Elise qualified for the state meet in the 200 as well as a member of two relays. Her future probably lies in her development as a 400 meter runner and she fits the profile of many others I have coached over the years who became very, very good.”
Bishop Chatard H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
8th in 2010 State Meet 800
PR’s: 800 - (2:14.55)
Coach Helmer on Christine: “Christine did a really good job this summer preparing for her freshman year causing us to think she has the ability to develop not only in the 800, but even more so perhaps in the 1500. I love her ‘roll with the punches’ attitude and the positive manner in which she approaches work.”
Meriden School, Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
PR’s: HJ - (1.80/5’ 10 ¾”)
Coach Helmer on Mia: “Mia was an outstanding jumper at a very early age, setting an Australian national record for 15-year-olds. It may take Coach Huntoon a bit of time to get her on course for continued improvement but his record suggests Mia may be one of our next great ones in the high jump. She has the talent to do so.”
Lawrence Central H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
4th in 2010 State Meet Discus
PR’s: DT - (143’ 9”)
Coach Helmer on Taja: “Taja is another project for Coach Jones to go to work on but all indications are she has the ability to progress to an outstanding level in time. As work in the weight room and repetitions in the circle mount up, we may very well see a serious Big Ten-level competitor.”
Brebeuf Jesuit H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
PR’s: 1600 - (5:09.57), 3200 - (11:10.44)
Coach Helmer on Molly: “Molly has done some very good things as a high school distance runner suggesting she can be very successful at this level. It will require some time and care to get her to the point where she can train at levels appropriate to her goals and ability, but I have full confidence that will happen.”
Courtice Secondary School, Courtice, Ontario
PR’s: 1500 - (3:51.98), 3000 - (8:28.28)
Coach Helmer on Evan: “Evan has consistently run outstanding times and shown consistent improvement. He will quickly assimilate into our outstanding group of veteran distance runners.”
Seymour H.S., Seymour, Ind.
5th in 2010 State Meet 1600
PR’s: 1600 - (4:13.29), 3200 - (9:20.73), 800 - (1:55.54)
Coach Helmer on Nolan: “Every time I watched Nolan race in high school I saw a runner with great potential. He focused much of his time in high school on basketball and will need time now to adapt to the demands of high-level distance training, which he will do in time.”
Andrean H.S., Merrillville, Ind.
3rd in 2010 State Meet High Jump
3rd in 2010 State Meet Long Jump
PR’s: HJ - (6’ 8”), LJ - (23’ 6 ¾”)
Coach Helmer on Matt: “Matt brings all the tools you look for in a future multi-event athlete. He already has two very good events in the jumps, plus good sprint speed and good size. It will be interesting to see where he makes a big impact on our team first.”
Plymouth H.S., Plymouth, Ind.
6th in 2010 State Meet 400
All State Honorable Mention Defensive Back
PR’s: 400 - (48.51), 200 - (22.33), 800 - (1:57.01)
Coach Helmer on Curtis: “Curtis is an outstanding athlete who probably spent more time in high school focusing on football and basketball than track and field. I have no doubt his athleticism, competitive spirit and desire will all combine to make him a great ‘find’ in the months and years to come for our track and field team.”
Bellmont H.S., Decatur, Ind.
2nd in 2010 State Meet High Jump
PR’s: HJ - (6’ 10 ½”)
Coach Helmer on Travis: “Travis is a pure high jumper. He has the prototypical body and will just need time to develop his strength as well as progress in the technical aspects of the event.”
Riverwood International Charter School, Sandy Springs, Ga.
1st in 2009 GA. State Meet High Jump
PR’s: HJ - (7’ 0”)
Coach Helmer on Darius: “Darius can get off the ground. He is a high character kid who will be willing to do whatever needs to be done in order to be successful and will fit in well with our outstanding group of high-level high jumpers.”
Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
7th in 2009 State Meet 1600
PR’s: 1600 - (4:17.82), 800 - (1:55.88)
Coach Helmer on Hale: “Hale has good enough times and has had enough success to suggest he can develop and compete at this level. Consistency in training and good health will be the factors that determine how long the process takes.”
Argyle H.S., Argyle, Texas
1st in 2009 State Meet Pole Vault
PR’s: PV - (16’ 0”)
Coach Helmer on Samuel: “Sam joins a group that continues to produce top-level vaulters and does so with the success of a state championship to bolster his confidence. Our coaches are excited to get him into our system and see what he can do.”
Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, Ind.
PR’s: 3200 - (9:26.16)
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.”
Beverly Hills H.S., Beverly Hills, Calif.
PR’s: 100 - (10.75, 10.63w), 200 - (22.24)
Coach Helmer on Julian: “Julian anchored a very solid state-meet fifth place 4 X 100 relay this spring in a state known for great track and field. He should challenge for a spot on our relay this spring.”
Campbell County H.S., Gillette, Wy.
Pole Vault and Multi’s
1st in 2010 State Meet Pole Vault
PR’s: PV - (15’ 9”), 110 H - (14.88)
Coach Helmer on Steven: “Steve is another all-round athlete with the size necessary to develop into an outstanding multi-event athlete. He has solid pole vault and hurdle marks and times, and work will add the remaining events to his repertoire. Additionally, he could be competitive at the Big Ten level very quickly in the pole vault.”
Robbie Kleber: (Freshman Eligibility)
Carroll H.S., Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Miami University (Ohio)
3rd in 2009 State Meet 1600
8th in 2009 State Meet 800
HS PR’s: 1600 - (4:14.41), 800 - (1:54.44)
Coach Helmer on Robbie: “Robbie comes to us having gone through a year of inconsistent training but showed while in high school he has some serious ability. He joins one of the most rapidly improving groups of young distance and middle distance runners in the country and has the ability to become a contributing member of that group.”
Stefano Koufidis: (Sophomore Eligibility)
Third Unified H.S. of Calandria, Athens, Greece/Culver Stockton College
8th in 2007 European Junior championships
2010 NAIA National Indoor and Outdoor Champion
2010 Drake Relays Champion
PR’s: PV - (5.40/17’ 8 ½”)
Coach Helmer on Stefano: “Stefano has had a great amount of success and experience both on the national and international stage. He will come to us in January with a wealth of potential and we think he will prosper under the guidance of Coaches Wiseman and Volz. Hopefully another Hoosier 18-footer is in the making.”
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