Men's Cross Country

    Indiana Track and Field Announces 2009-10 Recruiting Class

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced his program's 2009-10 recruiting class.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced his program's 2009-10 recruiting class.
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 24, 2009


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has announced his program’s 2009-10 recruiting class. The group of 16 women and 10 men come to Bloomington with a combined 13 state championships, three Division III national titles and a Canadian Junior runner-up finish in tow. Highlighting the group are Shona Dunkley, the 2009 Canadian Junior runner-up in the 100m hurdles and Monique Riddick, who comes to IU after winning three NCAA Division III titles in the shot put at Montclair State.

    “I’m very excited about our incoming group of athletes,” Helmer said. “The academic profile of this group is very, very impressive and the athletic talent level is outstanding, particularly the potential for development with a number of these kids. Our coaching staff had the challenge of improving our team while having little scholarship money available to award, and I believe time will show they hit a home run with this class. We have reached a point in the development of this program where great things are starting to happen, and the additions we made will only enhance and contribute to the process as well as the ultimate success of our teams.”

    A complete list of all of the signees is below.


    Ahbe, Kelsie
    Union Town, Ohio (Green High School)
    Pole Vault
    Personal Bests: Pole Vault (12’ 6”)
    Honors: Two-Time Ohio State Pole Vault Champion
    Coach Helmer on Kelsie:  “Coach Wiseman has been impressed with Kelsie’s competitive spirit and athleticism.  We think she is capable of making an immediate impact at the Big Ten level in one of the conference’s most competitive events.”

    Bailey, Portia
    Fishers, Indiana (Hamilton Southeastern High School)
    Personal Bests: 100 Hurdles (14.48)
    Honors: 2009 100 Hurdles State Champion
    Coach Helmer on Portia:  “Portia struggled with injury the last part of her senior season but was tough enough to find the finish line and win her first state championship.  With that attitude and a good year-round focus on training, we believe Portia can develop into a very good Big Ten level hurdler.”

    Doogs, Kayce
    Lawrenceburg, Indiana (East Central High School)
    Personal Bests: 1600 (5:11.67)
    Coach Helmer on Kayce:  “Kayce is a multi sport athlete who will focus on running year round for the first time this year.  If she has the ability to handle the workload, the potential for rapid improvement is definitely there.”

    Dunkley, Shona
    Pickering, Ontario (Pine Ridge Secondary School)
    Personal Bests: 100 Hurdles (13.95)
    Honors: 2009 Canadian Junior runner-up
    Coach Helmer on Shona:  “Shona is a very good athlete with a lot of potential for improvement.  Coach Huntoon’s history includes great success with similar athletes and we believe Shona will help reestablish IU’s great hurdle tradition while she becomes a force on the national level.”

    Ginther, Samantha
    Ft. Wayne, Indiana (Carroll High School)
    Personal Bests: 1600 (5:08.12)
    Coach Helmer on Samantha:  “Samantha comes from the same high school program that sent us rising sophomore Chelsea Blanchard.  Samantha has been a very consistent performer on the track the past couple of years and we believe she is poised to take some very good steps forward as she moves into the next level of training.”

    Raby, Airanne
    Repentigny, Quebec (CEGEP de  L’Assomption)
    Middle Distance
    Personal Bests: 800 (2:07.40)
    Coach Helmer on Airanne:  “Having spent a couple of years in Quebec’s CEGEP program Airanne will come to us as a mature athlete ready to handle a high level of work.  She has improved greatly this season and her workouts indicate more is to come.  We are very excited to add another top level Canadian athlete to our program and will look to her to help us continue to establish our women’s middle distance program as one of the best in the country.”

    Ridderman, Erica
    Warsaw, Indiana (Warsaw Community High School)
    Personal Bests: 1600 (5:05.40)
    Coach Helmer on Erica:  “Erica was fourth at the Indiana state championships in the 1600m and appears to have the tools necessary to make an impact on our team fairly early in her career.  Coach Walter has worked hard to bring in a group of distance runners capable of developing and helping us towards our goal of a Big Ten Championship, and we believe Erica has the potential to be a big part of this process.”

    Seymour, Ashley
    Washington, DC. (Archbishop Carroll High School)
    Middle Distance
    Personal Bests: 800 (2:14.56), 1600 (5:10.61)
    Coach Helmer on Ashley:  “Having spent many years in the Washington D.C. area, I am very excited to be able to attract a D.C. athlete to our program.  Ashley understands the sport, wants to improve and has the ability to do so.  In addition to her athletic talents Ashley is an outstanding student who will be a great addition to our campus in general.”

    Simmons, Chanel
    Indianapolis, Indiana (Ben Davis High School)
    Long Jump/Sprints
    Personal Bests: Long Jump (19’ 3 ½”)
    Coach Helmer on Chanel:  “Chanel is a basketball player who has not yet focused on track and field.  As a result her jumping has been inconsistent but our coaching staff believes she has great potential and can be a force both in the sand and on the track as a relay carry.  She is athletic and just needs time on the track to bring out her potential.”

    Staples, Haley
    Crystal Lake, Illinois (Crystal Lake Central High School)
    Personal Bests: 1600 (4:56.96), 3000 (10:15.81)
    Honors: 2006 Illinois 1600 State Champion
    Coach Helmer on Haley:  “Haley had great success early in her career then struggled a bit in the middle followed by her best cross country season ever this past fall.  We are confident our program will allow her to regain the form she displayed early in her career and open the door for continued improvement throughout her career as a Hoosier.”

    Vogel, Verena
    Indianapolis, Indiana (North Central High School)
    Middle Distance
    Personal Bests: 800 (2:15.29)
    Coach Helmer on Verena:  “We watched Verena run a great anchor carry on her fourth place 4 X 800 in the state meet and came away very confident she has the tools necessary to become an outstanding middle distance runner.  Time and work will allow this to happen and our coaches feel Verena could end up being very, very good.”

    Wall, Lindsey
    Franklin, Indiana (Franklin Community High School)
    Personal Bests: 1600 (5:04.69), 3200 (11:02.16)
    Coach Helmer on Lindsey:  “Lindsey’s career has been a bit inconsistent but she has put really solid times on the board so she no doubt possesses an outstanding amount of talent.  We look forward to helping her find the level of work that will allow her to return to a high level of performance as a Hoosier.”

    Woodard, Courtney
    Brentwood, Tennessee (Ravenwood High School)
    Multi’s/Triple Jump
    Honors: Three-time Tennessee State Champion
    Personal Bests: Triple Jump (39’ 1 ¼”), Heptathlon (4510), Pentathlon (3515)
    Coach Helmer on Courtney:  “We are very excited about the addition of Courtney to our roster.  In addition to her multi event potential, she brings the ability to help us in several open events including the triple jump.  She is a several time state champion in Tennessee and brings a world of potential to an event area that is very important to us and our team.  Her ability to cover multiple events is exactly what we need as we build a championship team.”

    Riddick, Monique
    Edison, New Jersey (Bishop Ahr High School/Montclair State-transfer)
    Personal Bests: Shot Put (51’ 9”)
    Honors: Three-time NCAA Division III National Shot Put Champion
    Coach Helmer on Monique:  “Monique will come to us with two years of eligibility having won two outdoor and one indoor NCAA division III championships in the shot put.  Coach Jones has done an outstanding job developing shot putters, and he feels Monique possesses the qualities necessary to become the next outstanding success story in that area.”


    Griffith, Logan
    Granger, Indiana (John Adams High School)
    Personal Bests: 110 Hurdles (14.01) (13.5 hand NWI), 300 Hurdles (37.51)
    Honors: 2009 110 Hurdles State Champion
    Coach Helmer on Logan:  “Logan is a big strong kid who had an outstanding senior year both indoors and out.  He was consistent, showed good range and won his first state championship after dominating the state all spring.  Coach Huntoon feels as though Logan can adapt to the higher college hurdles well and will literally hit the ground running as he becomes a force in the Big Ten and perhaps beyond.”

    Holahan, Joe
    Bloomington, Indiana (Bloomington South High School)
    Middle Distance
    Personal Bests: 800 (1:51.41), 1600 (4:16.2)
    Honors: 2009 800 State Champion
    Coach Helmer on Joe: “Joe had a solid high school career both in track and cross country but put the exclamation point on his career when he won the state championship in the 800 running 1:52.26 followed by a post season 1:51.41.  There’s not much to dislike about Joe, and we feel as though he is exactly the addition we needed to make to our outstanding group of young distance and middle distance runners.”

    Kinn, Dan
    Carmel, Indiana (Carmel High School)
    Personal Bests: Mile (4:22.25)
    Honors: Ran first leg of Carmel’s State Champion 4 X 800 Meter Relay
    Coach Helmer on Dan:  “Dan probably had his best moments leading off Carmel high school’s outstanding 4 X 800 relay but his open times suggest the potential is there to develop into an outstanding Big Ten athlete.  We will look at him in several areas and rely on his desire and ability to take on a high level of training to help us determine where he can make the greatest impact on our team.”

    Moore, Josh
    Chicago, Illinois (Mt. Carmel High School)
    Personal Bests: Long Jump (22’ 8 ½”), 4x400m relay split (48.7)
    Coach Helmer on Josh:  “Josh is a good looking athlete who is just starting to develop as evidenced by his third place finish in the Illinois state meet in the long jump.  He has great size and the potential to improve dramatically in the jumps while perhaps helping us on our 4 X 400 as well.”

    Porter, Aaron
    Newburgh, Indiana (Castle High School)
    Personal Bests: 200 (22.76)
    Coach Helmer on Aaron:  “Aaron saw duty primarily on Castle High School’s state qualifying relays.  With good work we see Aaron challenging for a permanent spot on our roster as well as a spot on one of our relays.”

    Porter, Andrew
    Newburgh, Indiana (Castle High School)
    Personal Bests: 400 (49.19), 200     (22.49)
    Coach Helmer on Andrew:  “Andrew joined twin brother Aaron on some very good relays in high school and put some good marks on the board in the open events as well.  He is another individual with a chance to make an impact on our team as he works and develops his talent.”

    Ramos, Andrew
    Frankfort, Indiana (Frankfort High School)
    Personal Bests: Mile (4:21.3), 800 (1:58.04)
    Coach Helmer on Andrew:  “Andrew scored in the state meet in the 1600 and throughout the season showed he had the potential to develop into a very good runner.  He is a lot of work and miles away from reaching his potential but impressed us with his attitude and desire to do the work necessary to give himself a chance to succeed in a big way.”

    Shimizu, Yoshito
    Milliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson High School)
    Personal Bests: 3200 (9:19.03)    
    Coach Helmer on Yoshi:  “Yoshi is another great student in our incoming freshman class.  In addition he brings a fourth place finish in the always competitive Ohio state cross country state meet as well as a third in the state track meet 3200.  He can train, has a great attitude and a great future as he develops over the years.”

    Butler, Kind
    Indianapolis, Indiana (Lawrence Central High School / Kentucky State University-Transfer)
    Personal Bests: Long Jump (24’ 0”), High Jump (6’ 6”), 200 (21.54)
    Honors: 2008 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference HJ Champion
    Coach Helmer on Kind:  “Kind was a high school baseball player who found track and field late in his career.  He jumped 24’0” in his senior year and went on to add the sprints and high jump while at Kentucky State.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining and we are very excited about the potential he shows and the talent he brings to these areas of our team.“

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