Track & Field: Cochran is best in shot and discus
Newport Harbor senior Ethan Cochran posted the top marks in the boys shot put and discus at the state prelims and will try to repeat his efforts in Saturday's finals.
Cochran's second attempt was exactly 190 feet, distancing him from Ridgecrest Burroughs senior Jayson Kovar (187-10) and Sea Kings teammate Steve Michaelsen (181-10). Cochran and Tovar also finished 1-2 in the shot put, Cochran winning with a throw of 64 feet, 6.5 inches and Tovar second at 61-10.0. Encino Crespi's Amir Patterson was third (61-6.25) and Garrett Weinreich placed fourth (60-7.50) and will also be among the nine finalists.
Gardena Serra sophomore Adoree Jackson qualified first in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 2 inches and Hakeem Fairweather of Downey Warren is second entering Saturday's finals at 23-11.5. Tim White of Newhall Hart leads the boys triple jump (50 feet, 2.75 inches), seniors Miles Poullard of Ontario Colony and Cody Crampton of Anaheim Canyon lead the high jump at 6-8 and Peter Chapman of Murrieta leads the boys pole vault with a height of 15 feet, 5.75 inches.
Sophomore Stamatia Scarvelis of Goleta Dos Pueblos was the top qualifier in the girls shot put (44-6.0) and Santa Margarita freshman Kaitlyn Merritt was one of four girls to clear 12-2.75 in the pole vault.
-- Steve Galluzzo