NORWALK — Newport Harbor High junior Ethan Cochran had the most crowd support of any competitor as he stepped into the ring for his first attempt at the discus Saturday afternoon at Cerritos College.
In addition to his Sailors coaches and teammates, Cochran said his mother, two uncles, an aunt and a cousin were on hand to watch the CIF Southern Section track and field divisional finals.
The applause died down for Cochran's first attempt. Seconds later it came again, even louder than before.
It was a personal-record throw of 194 feet. Cochran was not done.
Two throws later he hurled a 195-4 that easily won him the Division II title.
"I had a really good week of practice, so I just tried to carry that over to the meet and it worked out," Cochran said. He set a personal-best by nine feet, four inches and is now third in the state. He qualified first for Friday's CIF Southern Section Masters meet by more than 12 feet.