Central’s Pomaski has sights set on state title
A successful track and field athlete has to be just as mentally tough as they are physically strong.
Over the course of thousands of throws with a shot put and discus, Central High School senior Jamie Pomaski has discovered a mental toughness to complement her physical strength.
“No matter where I am at in the day of a meet, I can do well,” Pomaski said. “I can use any emotion and put it into my throws.”
Pomaski’s emotional throws have set her apart as one of the top throwers in Colorado. Pomaski has qualified for the past two state tournaments, and is in a good position to make it three straight. The top 18 athletes in each event advance to the state meet May 20-22 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
Pomaski is in sixth place in the discus at 113 feet, 8 inches, and eighth place in shot put at 36-08.5.
Although Pomaski was talented enough to qualify for state as a sophomore and junior, she said she’s progressed a lot leading up to her senior season.
“I’ve come far, but I’ve worked hard for it,” Pomaski said. “I’m more serious with it. When I was a freshman, I was just wacky and wanted to throw and didn’t focus on the little things.”
For Pomaski, it’s going to be the little things that will allow her to make a run at a state title in each event. Since first picking up a shot her freshman year, Pomaski said she found out how important technique is for solid throws.
“People with strength will overthrow themselves, and a lot of people think it’s just strength,” Pomaski said. “But you have to always be working on technique and trying to perfect it. You can’t ever get it perfect, but you have to try.” According to Pomaski’s throwing coach, Tony Santy, the discus is where technique really shows itself.
“The shot put is more muscle and strength, and the discus is more fitness and technique,” Santy said. “She likes both of them, and does both of them pretty well.”
Pomaski said she feels more comfortable in the shot put, but she has more state experience in the discus.
Pomaski finished 15th in the state as a sophomore in the discus at 104-07, and in 2009 finished 12th in the state at 107-1.
Pomaski finished 11th last year in the shot put at 34-1.50, and heading into this year’s state meet, she’s set high goals for herself in both events.
“My goal is 40 feet in the shot put and 130 in the discus,” Pomaski said. “I know I can hit it. It’s just getting it all together. I set high goals for myself because I know I can.” Santy said Pomaski’s difference maker will be staying confident because she has the physical tools to finish at the top in both events.
“She’s probably harder on herself than anyone else,” Santy said. “We’ve had some good success in her senior year, and we want to see her go out with a flair because she’s got more in there.”
Locally, Pomaski isn’t the only thrower working their way toward the state meet. Fruita Monument’s Keila Utu is ranked 22nd in the shot put and 19th in discus. The Wildcats’ Alice Schaefer is ranked 16th in the discus. Palisade’s Savannah Hanson is ranked in the top 20 in discus.
On the boys side, Grand Junction’s Dylan Reed and Central’s Gilberto Galvan are both in the top 25 in discus. Fruita Monument’s Levi Davenport is in the top 15 in shot put. In 4A, Palisade’s Nick Stephanus is sixth in discus at 157-3.