Taylor, who finished fourth at Sunset League finals and plans to continue his career at Princeton, was the only senior among that group. He is also the last Newport thrower still competing, getting more publicity than during the football season, when as a tackle he mostly stayed out of the spotlight after starting at center his junior year.
"He was the one who had kind of lost his way for a few weeks, but he's pulled himself out of it," Ciarelli said. "I think he's ready to go far. I think his chances of making it [to the state meet] are very good."
Taylor is hoping it runs in the family. Bo Taylor went on to UCLA, where he has fought injuries but finished seventh in the Pac-10 in the discus last month. As a high school senior, he was more dominant, finishing second at the 2006 CIF State Meet in both the shot put (63-11 1/4 ) and discus (201-5).