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High School Roundup: Cochran shines again

Newport Harbor senior wins discus and shot put at Arcadia Invitational with nation-leading throw in discus.

April 07, 2012

ARCADIA — On a big stage, Ethan Cochran shined with the spotlight on him.

The Newport Harbor High senior had a huge day, winning the discus and shot put events at the Arcadia Invitational Saturday. He improved on his nation-leading mark in the discus with a throw of 209 feet, 8 inches.

"I was really excited," Cochran said by phone. "All of my training has been focused for the Arcadia point. I was pretty much expecting it. I also PR'd on Thursday in a dual meet. But, today was perfect. I was trying to get to 213, but I couldn't get there. I'm looking forward to that."

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Cochran's mark was impressive considering there was little wind during the competition, Newport Harbor boys' track and field coach Nowell Kay said.

Cochran, bound for UC Berkeley, dominated in the discus, as the second-place mark was 194-4 from Ryan Hunter-Simms of San Bernardino San Gorgonio.

Cochran's winning mark in the shot put was a personal record, 62-10, which is the best in the state this season.

"He's just on fire right now," Kay said.

Newport Harbor senior Steve Michaelsen medaled twice, finishing fifth in the discus (179-9) and eighth in the shot put (57-2). Michaelsen is No. 2 in the state and No. 6 in the nation in the discus with a 185-1 from last week.

Junior Marty Taylor, another Sailors' thrower, finished sixth in the shot put (57-7).

Newport Harbor senior Jake Barber medaled in the 3,200 meters rated race Friday night, finishing in 9 minutes, 25.21, a personal record.

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TRACK & FIELD

Arcadia Invitational

ARCADIA — Corona del Mar High's Blake Myers, Tanner Love, Ryan Rodrigues and Kyle Iverson set a school record in the boys' 4x800 relay, finishing third in 7 minutes, 47.48 seconds at the Arcadia Innovational Friday night.

The Sea Kings' time was No. 3 in the nation. The top five times came out of the race. Centennial of Las Vegas won in 7:44.

The CdM splits were: Myers, 1:58.39; Love, 1:59.63; Rodrigues, 1:55.19; Iverson, 1:54.17. The quartet lowered over eight seconds off the previous record set in 1975.

On the girls' side, senior Ashlee Powers finished fourth in the seeded 3,200-meter race Friday night. She finished in 10:51.76, a personal record.

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BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

Clash of the Titans

HONOLULU — Corona del Mar defeated Hawaii Baptist Academy, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 15-9, in the four-team, two-day event at Punahou School Saturday.

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