Stutzman Sweeps As Statements Are Made At The Pomona Invite

Emma Stutzman stretched both index fingers and thumbs across the black lettering of "Pomona" on her singlet as she crossed the finish line Friday night.

The bright lights at JeffCo Stadium shined down on the Pomona senior, who had a big smile painted across her face.

And with good reason. 

She had just won the 3,200 at The Pomona Invitational - her "home" invitational - for the third-consecutive year, and she just obliterated the previous meet record (previously owned by Brie Oakley.)

Oh yeah, and the time was a Colorado No. 1 10:30 clocking.

Or about the length of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" if you play it three times.

What made Stutzman's performance all the more impressive was how she ran - controlled through the entirety of the race, and with a negative split of roughly 5:22-5:08.

She even closed in a blistering 71-second final lap.

(A day later she went on to run away with the W in the 1,600 in 5:00.)

It was a display of dominance, and it sort of made sense when you consider she was coming off last week's US No. 4 of 9:56 from the Arcadia Invitational.

What made the performance all the more of a story-book ending (or the penultimate chapter of her book) was that the Pomona senior got to cap her Pomona Invite finale with a meet record.

The Pomona Invitational 3,200 meet record is now in the hands of a Pomona athlete.

Additional elements aside (snow, sleet, temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s...) the girl's 3,200 played host to four of the top-five times run in Colorado this season, and five of the top-seven.

Mountain Vista's Peyton Adams, Arapahoe's Ava Mitchell, and Fort Collins' Ella Johns ran Colorado PRs, and dipped under 10:51. Adams finished second in 10:39, while Mitchell was a second back in 10:40, and Johns was fourth in 10:50. 

While Friday's additional challenger was the snow, sleet, and upper-30-degree temperatures, Saturday's main nemesis was the wind, as it nearly blew away any real hope of fast times. 

Regardless, competition is competition, and the best of the day still found ways to win.


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