Cochran enters the finals ahead of junior Ryan Hunter-Sims of San Gorgonio of San Bernardino. Hunter-Sims' mark was 183-10, and Nick Budincich of Loyola of Los Angeles qualified third at 182-9.
Newport Harbor senior Ryan Andrews qualified fifth in the shot put (59-1). Surprisingly, Sailors senior Mark Sakioka, who entered No. 2 in the state, did not qualify for the finals in the pole vault. Newport Harbor junior Steve Michaelsen also did not advance in the discus.
"I relaxed and I was confident," said Cochran, who noted he might go to the prom's after-party late Saturday night. "I went up [to Clovis] thinking I was going to miss my prom. Maybe next year I will go to the prom. But it's OK to miss this year."
Andrews was also fine with missing the prom. He is confident he can medal, as his PR is 59-9 3/4.
Nicholas Scarvelis of Dos Pueblos of Goleta qualified first in the shot put with a mark of 62-9 3/4.
"I'll be missing prom; I was expecting that," Andrews said. "I was going to take my girlfriend [Alicia Favela] if I didn't make it. But I made it, which is not a bad thing. I can't take her and she's a little sad, but I think it'll be OK."
Sakioka, whose PR is 16-3, cleared 14-9, but couldn't get over what was the qualifying mark of 15-3. He said he wasn't nervous. But the nerves kicked in before his third attempt on 15-3.
"It was quite a shock for me," said Sakioka, bound for UCLA. "I kept landing on the bar. It was just not my day."
Michaelsen finished his season 16th in the discus (157-4).
— From staff reports