The Sun Devil cross country teams competed in the NCAA West Region Championships Saturday in Portland, Ore.
2009 Outdoor: Competed in three meets... regionally qualified in the 5000m run... also ran at the Pac-10 Championships in the 10,000m run... 2009 Indoor: Did not compete... 2008 XC: Redshirted... ran in a pair of races unattached from the program... placed third overall at the Mesa Thunderbird Invitational and took 10th at the Dave Murray Invitational... 2008 Outdoor: Scored at the Pac-10 Championships by finishing seventh in the 10,000m run... ran an outdoor-best of 14:06.44 in the 5,000m at the Cardinal Invitational to qualify for the NCAA West Region meet... earned USTFCCCA All-Region accolades in the 5,000m run after finishing eighth at the regional meet... placed 21st in the 5,000m run at the Pac-10 Championships... selected to the Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention team... 2008 Indoor: MPSF Champion at 5,000m in his only race of the season... won the race in 14:01.83 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships... 2007 XC: Improved throughout the season and capped season as the team's top finisher at the NCAA Championships in 91st... missed all-conference accolades by one place, finishing 15th at the Pac-10 Championships... earned all-region honors by placing 14th in the NCAA West Region Championships... selected as the team's Most Improved athlete... placed 12th at the season-opening Dave Murray Invitational before finishing 14th at the Roy Griak Invitational... was the first or second finisher for ASU in five of his six races... Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention... 2007 Track: Redshirted... 2006 XC: Competed his way into the Top 7 by year's end where he was the third finisher at the NCAA West Region meet (74th)... also was the fourth finisher for the team at the Pac-10 meet (43rd)... opened his career placing 15th at the Dave Murray Invitational before finishing 114th at the Roy Griak... placed 26th at the Pre-National race, running in the open division.
High School: A 2006 graduate of Everett High School (Everett, Wash.)... lettered four times each in cross country and track & field for the Seagulls... was a FootLocker national finalist... won the 4A state cross country race as a senior... added the state 3,200m run crown as a junior... combined between the two sports, accumulated seven WESCO South League titles... was a seven-time district champion as well as a seven-time participant in state meets... named the Seattle Times' Cross Country MVP... holds the Washington state record for sophomores in the 3,000m run at 8:34... holds WESCO South League records in cross country, 1,600m (4:15) and 3,200m (9:02)... also holds the district record in cross country and the 1,600m run... captain of both teams as a senior.
Personal: Majoring in kinesiology... parents are Jeff and Sheri Helmer... has two sisters: Nicole and Michelle... born July 15, 1987, in Waukesha, Wis.... hobbies include spending time with friends and family, running, swimming and cycling... was once named to the National AAU All-Star team in basketball... full name is Jeffrey Charles Helmer.
Personal Bests 1500: 3:50.15 5000: 14:01.83 8000XC: 23:25 10000: 30:36.58
In NCAA Championship Meets
2007 XC 10,000m Course 31:05.00 91st
* Indicates All-America honors attained