Oct. 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - IUHoosiers.com will take a look at this year's newcomers on the Indiana women's cross country team. Next up is freshman Helene Delone.
Delone, native of Houston, Texas, finished 12th in the Texas state cross country meet. She recorded a personal-best time of 11:26.55 in the 3,200-meters at Memorial High School.
Setting the Pace with Helene Delone
1. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Ireland! From the gorgeous landscape to that Irish accent, I know it would be a wonderful experience.
2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I see myself writing or reporting for a major newspaper, magazine or television station, training for the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland and married.
3. Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My dad has been the biggest influence in my life. He is the one person I can count on to tell me what I NEED to hear, rather than what I WANT to hear. Witnessing the obstacles he has overcome has been inspiring and because of him, I have confidence in where I am and what I can do in the future.
4. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Sailing off the coast of Maine with my family.
5. Something that many people don't know about you is:
My family had a pet pig named Lilian before we moved to Texas!
6. The teammate I most admire is who, and why?
I admire each of the upper classmen for different qualities. Wendi's (Robinson) leadership, Sarah's (Pease) ambition and Kristina's (Trcka) dedication have really stood out so far, and are great examples of where I want to be.
7. Name one thing that you wish you were better at?
Public speaking. I am envious of people who are at ease, let alone persuasive, in front of hundreds and thousands of people.
8. What makes Indiana special from any other program?
Indiana has a fresh and enthusiastic coaching and training staff. The Hoosier pride I felt during my recruiting visit has continued through my first month at IU and seems to be here to stay. I am also excited to be part of a team with a great deal of potential.
9. What do you like best about Coach Helmer?
His great selection of cowboy boots - it makes me feel more at home! More importantly, Coach Helmer can separate personal and athletic interactions. When it is time to work, he is straight-forward in telling you how things are and what needs to be done. When practice and/or competition is complete, Coach Helmer can put running aside and discuss or joke about other aspects of life.
10. What are your goals for this year?
To compete at Big Ten's in Ann Arbor.