Erika Furbeck’s official visit made it clear that her adventure starts at Iowa State.

Erika Furbeck’s official visit made it clear that her adventure starts at Iowa State.

Furbeck verbally committed to compete in track and field with the Cyclones in 2019 after finding many things falling into place in Ames, Iowa.

“I had the best connection with the team,” Furbeck said. “I fit right in with Associate Coach (Fletcher) Brooks, and I felt that’s where my heart was.” Furbeck had the best of both worlds as resources for her decision.

Finishing her senior year at Iowa State, Erika’s sister Rebecca was able to show the family what the campus offered her during her college career.

Additionally, Iowa State graduate and Geneseo track product, Kaci Storm was a resource on what Iowa State could do for Furbeck, who won the IHSA Class 2A State title in the long jump.

After finishing fourth in the Big 12 Championships in the heptathlon and being an academic All-Big 12 First Team member in 2017, Storm talked with Furbeck and her parents, Scott and Rhonda, about Iowa State during Storm’s final indoor meet last season.

“It was the end of her career and possibly the beginning of mine,” Furbeck said. “It was cool seeing how that all came together.”

Furbeck looked at attending the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.

However, the chemistry at Iowa State of having fun and being themselves was something she felt settled it for her.

“We automatically clicked,” Furbeck said. “I’m going to be spending a lot of time with those people the next couple of years so that was really important to me.”

The process began when assistant coach Dan Steele reached out to Furbeck by adding her on Facebook and getting her in touch with Brooks, who coaches the Cyclones’ throwers and jumpers.

Furbeck said the plan is to potentially use her right away as a jumper with the Cyclones, which will put her up against some of the very best teams in the Big 12.

“It shows the hard work I put in has paid off,” Furbeck said. “It proves I’m ready to take the next step in my athletic career. It’s just very rewarding.”

With her college decision out of the way, and thinking of pursuing a degree in math education, Furbeck can get back to focusing on getting ready for the high school track season and defending her state title.

“I was really hoping to be committed after this early signing period,” Furbeck said. “That way I could focus on finishing my senior year, and not have the stress of figuring out what I want to do, where do I want to go and what job do I want to have.

“Already, I can tell, I’ve been able to focus more on other things and give 100 percent at practices and not be as stressed.”