Central’s Pomaski set high goals early in her career

JAMIE POMASKI OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL had a good role model when she was a freshman on the track team, Stephanie Padon. That year, Pomaski decided by the time she was a senior, she wanted to be better than Padon. Now a junior, she’s on track to be one of the best athletes in the shot put and discus in the state.

As a freshman, Jamie Pomaski decided what her goal was for the next three track seasons.

“Stephanie Padon was here,” said Pomaski, now a Central High School junior.

“I wanted to be better than her when I was a senior. I wanted my name known.”

Padon excelled as a shot put and discus thrower during that, her senior year.

Two years later, Pomaski is well on her way to achieving her goal.

Pomaski has set personal records this season in both throwing events (33 feet, 1 inch in the shot put, 110 feet, 7 inches in the discus) and sees the potential for even greater distances by the time the Class 5A state meet rolls around next month.

“My goal (in the shot put) is 35 feet,” Pomaski said.

She hopes to reach that mark in Saturday’s Runner’s Roost Invitational at Mullen High School in Denver.

So what is it about the throwing events that piques her interest?

“I love the footsteps, especially in the disc,” she said. “I love the spin. You’re in a different world.”

As for the shot put, “It’s using your whole body.”

Pomaski laid the groundwork for a successful season. After volleyball season, “I’ve been in (the weight room) every day,” she said.

Throwers understand it takes more than sheer strength to be effective. That’s where Central throws coach Tony Santy comes in.

Santy saw the potential two years ago during Pomaski’s freshman season.

“What you noticed was her athleticism,” he said.

Good throwers realize that technique is more important than strength.

“She throws it probably as hard as any girl in the state,” Santy said.

That’s why he puts his coaching effort into her form.

“He’s always (saying), ‘Head up, Jamie,’ ” Pomaski said.

The higher the thrower’s head, the more arc they put in the shot put toss.

Pomaski ranks seventh in this week’s Class 5A girls discus rankings and 15th in the shot put. At the end of the regular season, only the top 18 marks in each event will earn state qualification.

“I’m always looking at the rankings,” she said.

Saturday, she’ll compete against some of the best athletes in Class 5A.

“Now I get to see them,” Pomaski said of being side-by-side with her top competition. “It gives me a chance to see what I’m up against.”

Santy sees nothing but good things for Pomaski in the next season and a half.

“She’s only a junior,” Santy said. “Hopefully, the best is yet to come.”


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