Pomona Invitational bring out best of best


LAKEWOOD – In just two short years the Pomona Invitational has turned into one of the elite track and field events of the season.

And the event didn’t disappoint as nearly half of the meet records were broke Friday and Saturday at Jeffco Stadium.

Fountain-Fort Carson High School won the men’s side of the meet with a team score of 101, just one point more than second place Cherokee Trail High School.

The female side of the meet was dominated by Fort Collins High School who finished with a winning team score of 119.5.

“The meet went great, the quality of schools and teams that we have been able to draw to this event in just a short time has been pretty incredible,” Pomona coach Jeff Donnel said.

But the meet wasn’t just good for the winning schools. Pomona, as well as several other 4A and 5A Jeffco schools, fared well at the event that hosted 32 other schools from all over the state.

Pomona’s men finished with the 10th best team score of 31.5 and Pomona’s ladies wrapped up the meet with nine team points.

Pomona’s Deshon Mayes stole the show winning the long jump with a personal and meet record of 21-01.50.

What makes the record breaking jump even better was the fact that Mayes has been battling injuries of late.

Mayes also delivered the ninth best triple jump of the meet with a jump of 41-09.25.

Arvada also represented well at the meet with senior Garet Krohn accumulating 14 points on his own for the Bulldogs.

Known for winning three straight wrestling state championships and earning a scholarship to Stanford as a result, Krohn is also recognized as one of the elite discus and shot put throwers in the state.

Krohn finished third in the discus with a throw of 146-08. He also threw the third farthest shot put launching a throw of 47-10.00 in the finals.

Arvada’s Stephan Sowal finished fourth in shot put with a throw of 47-06.50.

“Of course I wanted to win my events but I am happy with my effort. There were a lot of really talented throwers out here today,” Krohn said.

Alameda’s Jesus Castaneda earned his team six points with his impressive fourth place finish in the 100 yard dash.

Castaneda ran the 100 in 11.18, just behind the winning time of 11.13 produced by Solyde Bankston from Fountain-Fort Carson.

Other Jeffco teams scores included the Arvada boys 12th place finish with 23 points. Faith Christian boys finished in 22nd place with nine points and Bear Creek’s boys finished in 28th with just a single point.

Pomona’s girls finished in 22nd with nine points and Arvada finished in 28th place with one point.


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