Ethan Cochran went to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to win a trip to France. How did he do it?
The Newport Harbor High senior-to-be won the discus event at the World Youth Track and Field Trials Wednesday at Myrtle Beach High.
After winning, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the International Assn. of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships July 6 through 10 in Lille, France.
"It was relieving," Cochran, when reached by phone, said of being selected to Team USA. "I went back to the school at 6:30 to find out. I had a pretty good feeling I was going to make it though."
Cochran's winning mark was 58.16 meters, or 190 feet, 10 inches, as he won by nearly five meters. He said he battled a tailwind and humid conditions to win the event. He competed against athletes ages 16 and 17 (born in 1994 or 1995). Cochran said the top two in each event earned the right to be selected to make the national team.