NORWALK — Ethan Cochran called Friday the worst competitive day of a stellar three-year run he's had while throwing for Newport Harbor High.
He was in a funk competing in the discus at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College. Cochran never appeared nervous with two throws remaining and without a qualifying mark for the State Meet.
The Newport senior qualified on his fifth throw and unleashed a mark of 197 feet, 10 inches on his final throw to become the Masters champion. It was his first Masters title.
He led a group of four Newport Harbor athletes who qualified for next week's CIF State Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis. Senior Steve Michaelsen (discus), junior Marty Taylor (shotput) and junior Paige Tennison (3,200 meters) also advanced to the State Meet.
When Cochran won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title in the discus last week he said he was looking forward to competing at Cerritos College because he liked the ring there. But he struggled early on when it was time to throw.