NORWALK — Four athletes from Newport Harbor High started the school year on the same team.
Three earned the right to end it together next week on the same team in a different sport.
Since September, Ethan Cochran, Ryan Andrews, Steve Michaelsen and JB Salem had each other's back. The foursome started on defense for the football team.
When the football season ended in November, a month later the four went to work in track and field. Tony Ciarelli has been there since Day One, coaching the four as the defensive coordinator in football and then the throws coach in track and field.
Ciarelli led the four throwers to the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters meet for the first time Friday at Cerritos College. Ciarelli is now taking three of them to state next week.
Cochran and Michaelsen advanced in the discus throw. Cochran placed fourth with a heave of 182 feet, 11 inches and Michaelsen's 176-6 effort was almost seven feet better than the state qualifying mark.