Kids do well at leagues
Erica Filipovits began competing in the triple jump, full-time, at the beginning of this season.
With only a few months of competition under her belt the senior competed in the event last week at the Lehigh Valley Conference track and field meet at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
She emerged as the top participant in the entire LVC.
Filipovits earned gold for her mark of 35-03. Afterwards she talked about working her way to the top.
"I tried it last year, but I just wasn't very good at it. It didn't flow with me and I wasn't doing well. This year I started, changed to a different takeoff wood and I really got started then."
Filipovits actually tied with teammate Allison Horn, who will be continuing her track career at Bucknell University, in the event, but Filipovits won the tiebreaker.
She also was successful in the 300 meter hurdles and the high jump where she earned two fourth place finishes.
Additionally, Horn had another second place finish. The senior earned silver in the 100 meter hurdles at 15.16.
Horn beat 15.65 last week, which is the state qualifying time which she has been working towards and wants to do this week at districts, when it really matters.
"I really wanted to get the state qualifying time this week," Horn said. "I wanted to get it this week before districts and I did. I was really close last year to making it and just missed it, so it has been my motivation this year."
Hannah Marth needed some motivation to get through some periods where she felt she was struggling this season, but the junior seems to be back as her throw of 117, on her third throw, in javelin earned her a gold medal.
"The gold makes me feel somewhat confident going forward," Marth commented. "I know what I have to do going forward and getting that state qualifying mark of 122 at districts."
Aja Blount didn't have states on her mind going into the league meet, but she earned a bronze medal for her throw of 90-11 in discus that shattered her old personal best of 87-11.
She was shocked to find herself on the medal stand.
"I didn't think I was going to place as I am only a freshman and there were mostly seniors in the event. They are bigger kids and have more experience. So I just went in there, tried my best, kept thinking positive and it worked out."
Another underclassmen, Colton Maxwell stepped foot on the medal stand. However, the sophomore did it twice as he finished third in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.
A new Konkrete Kid, freshman Lyndsey Gallagher, finished fourth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:29.64.
Senior Nick Cook, who is used to competition from his time on the gridiron, had two high finishes at the two-day meet last week. Cook grabbed fourth in boys' long jump at 20-05 and third in high jump with a height of 6-2.
His medal won't change his demeanor moving forward.
"It is cool, but there are people who jump 6-6, 6-7. I don't think it is too much of a confidence booster as there is still more I can do in the future."