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Cochran, Percival win CIF track and field titles

Track and Field

Newport Harbor senior and Sage Hill senior become champions, while others qualify for Masters Meet.

May 19, 2012|By Steve Virgen
  • Newport Harbor's Ethan Cochran won a CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship in the boys' discus with a throw of 191 feet 2. The individual title was his second straight.
Newport Harbor's Ethan Cochran won a CIF Southern… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

WALNUT — Don't get Ethan Cochran wrong. He was happy to win his second straight CIF Southern Section Division 2 title in the discus Saturday.

Excited? That's a different story. The Newport Harbor High senior wants more. He'll be excited for a second straight state championship.

For now, he's OK with a Division 2 first-place medal.

"It's not the most exciting thing because I won it last year," said Cochran, who is bound for Cal. "The more exciting thing is winning state. But today is still a win and I'll take it."

Cochran was one of two Newport-Mesa athletes who captured a title Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College. Sage Hill School senior Jack Percival won the Division 4 title in the 800 meters in 1 minute, 55.85 seconds.

Corona del Mar senior Karleh Wilson took second place in the Division 3 girls' shot put (42 feet 7) and discus (130-4). She'll join Cochran, as well as Newport Harbor's Steve Michaelsen (shot put, discus), Marty Taylor (shot put, discus) and Paige Tennison (3,200) at Friday's Masters meet at Cerritos College.

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The Corona del Mar 4x400-relay team of Ryan Rodrigues, John Swigert, Troy Hardy and Kyle Iverson lowered its school record by three seconds and advanced to Masters after finishing fourth in Division 2 in 3:17.80.

Cochran looks forward to the meet that serves as a qualifier for the state championships.

"I like throwing at Cerritos," he said. "It's a little slippery [at Mt. SAC]. I can throw better at Cerritos."

Cochran was well short of his personal record of 209-8. He wants to break the state record, which is 213-11, set by Scott Moser of Huntington Beach in 1997. Cochran was bothered he didn't break the Division 2 meet record, which is 213-7 from Newport Harbor's Bo Taylor in 2006.

Tony Ciarelli, Newport's throws coach, believes Cochran is capable of besting Moser.

"I think he's capable," Ciarelli said. "I think he has to do some things in practice that he hasn't been doing now. Just a little bit more practice. He definitely has the capability to break the record. He has to bring the meet to the practice and bring the practice to the meet."

Cochran is No. 1 in the state in the shot put and discus. He settled for second place in the shot put Saturday. Newport's three talented throwers are moving on to the Masters meet in both events. The trio led Newport Harbor to a third-place finish among the boys' teams in Division 2.

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