Making it Count Erica Filipovits has only been on the track team two years, but she's already a major contributor
Erica Filipovits wishes she had two more years to spend with the Northampton track program. In her two short years, however, the senior certainly has made an impact.
Filipovits, in her senior season, decided to join the track program when soccer moved its sport from the spring to the fall. It gave her the opportunity to participate in a sport she always relished, as well as make her athletic cycle complete, having her active in all seasons with her extensive basketball and soccer backgrounds.
She always wanted the chance to follow in the footsteps of her father, Jim, who was a high jumper for the K-Kids' program. Her younger brother, Matthew, is a junior on the team.
"I really wanted to come out for the (track) team, but I had soccer," stated Filipovits. "When everything changed, I was excited. In these two years, it has been a good transition for me and I have really felt comfortable with everything.
"I really feel like I have made some progress."
In a recent meet with Allen and Bethlehem Catholic, Filipovits set a new school record in the high jump when she cleared 5-4 on April 21. It was a goal clearly within reach as she cleared 5-3 last season. The previous record was 5-3, held by Kelly Green and established in 1992.
"That has been my goal all year," said Filipovits. "After my first two tries, I had a good feeling I was going to get it. It really makes me feel good that I reached the goal."
Head coach Tim Caffrey has been impressed with her development.
"She (Filipovits) joined us and worked hard from the start," said Caffrey. "We figured she would continue to excel, and she had done very well."
Along with the high jump, Filipovits also participates in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Playing basketball since she was very young and growing to the height of 5-9 or better, Filipovits figured all three events would be natural. She credited jumps coach Dan Benner for her progression.
"I have never had trouble jumping," she said. "It really was a matter of getting the technique down with all of the events. I just had to know how to do it properly. Coach Benner really had a big influence over me and he really helped me along."
Playing three sports, Filipovits arguably had little time for anything else. Filipovits is a member of the school's National Honor Society and vice president of her class. She also acknowledges the support of her father through the years.
"He (father) has always been there for all of my games and my meets," she said. "He has always been very supportive and really helped my track program."
Filipovits plans to attend Penn State University's main campus next fall to begin studying a career toward nutritional sciences. She also has entertained the thought of being a walk-on for the PSU track program next spring.
"I am really thinking about doing it," said Filipovits about extending her track career. "It (track) has been great and everyone has really been supportive. I just want to keep on working."
She'll likely continue to achieve a great deal in a short time.