A week before the CIF State Track and Field Championships Ethan Cochran talked about reaching rarefied air.
The Newport Harbor High senior smiled and became excited when he thought about the chance at becoming the first in school history to win two state titles in the throwing events at the State Meet. After his performance on Saturday he can smile again, because he achieved the amazing feat.
Cochran won state titles in the discus throw and shotput Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. He repeated as state champion in the discus with a mark of 190 feet. He won the shotput for the first time at 62-41/4.
He was also the first thrower under the guidance of Tony Ciarelli to win two state titles at the State Meet. Ciarelli, regarded as one of the top throwing coaches in the nation, has been coaching for 33 years. This was his 23rd time at the California State Championships.