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Q-and-A with Andrew Helmin, Providence track and field

Andrew HelmProvidence. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Andrew Helmin, of Providence. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 30, 2013 2:24PM



Notre Dame-bound Andrew Helmin, of Providence track and field, was fourth in both hurdle races at the 2012 Class 2A state meet.

The 6-foot-3 hurdler has run the 110 in 14.33 seconds this season.

How did you wind up being a hurdler?

It was sixth grade. I went out for track because all my friends were doing it. I really wanted to do the 100, but my coach saw that I was taller.

What will make this a successful season for you?

To PR (personal record) every race and just keep getting faster. Technically, have better technicality over the hurdles, just be a better hurdler overall.

What did you like most about the Olympics?

I really enjoyed seeing Aries Merritt win the 110 hurdles. And the 400-meter dash, that was really a cool race to see.

Favorite sport?

Snow skiing. This year I’ve stopped skiing because I didn’t want to get injured.

Favorite team?

The Bulls. They’re a great team and fun to watch.

Favorite music?

I like the Luminaires. I listen to more country.

Favorite food at the school cafeteria?

The pizza on Friday, with ranch dressing.

Who would be your celebrity prom date?

Emma Stone. I like all of her movies.

Most embarrassing moment in sports?

Warming up for the hurdles in front of people, just wiped out totally. It was all wet on the ground, at Sandburg freshman or sophomore year.

Who’s the one person you’d like to meet?

Aries Merritt. He’s the world record holder for the 110 hurdles. I’d like to pick his brain on everything about the hurdles.

What will you remember most about your high school years?

It’s a great family atmosphere and everyone gets along. It’s a great school to be at.

As told to Tim Tierney



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