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."
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.
TRACK & FIELD
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.
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.
Parker Brown had 27 kills and six digs and Jack Reed had 18 kills on 24 attempts with two errors. Reed had four bocks, three in the fifth game. Remy Lamons had nine kills and four blocks, Thomas Hunter had five kills and Kevin Gordinier had nine digs. Joe Ctvrtlik had 54 assists, three blocks and three digs for CdM (16-5).
On Friday night, Punahou defeated Corona del Mar, 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-18.
Punahou is ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN's Powerade Fab 50 rankings.
Brown had 22 kills, Lamons had nine kills and Reed added eight kills, while Ctvrtlik dished out 38 assists.
CdM is ranked No. 25 in the nation. Hawaii Baptist Academy is ranked No. 23.
Newport Harbor def. Fountain Valley
NEWPORT HARBOR — Max Richley had 16 digs to help the Sailors to a 25-9, 25-15, 29-27 Sunset League win Friday night.
Griffin Leggett had nine digs and Connor Leggett added four aces for Newport Harbor (14-6, 4-1 in league).
Corona del Mar 8, Foothill 1
CORONA DEL MAR — Sea Kings sophomore pitcher Brett Olson threw a complete-game one-hitter with three strikeouts in a pool-play game of the Beach Pit Classic Saturday.
Senior Andrew McCormack went three for three with two runs batted in, senior Brent Lawson was two for four with an RBI and two doubles, junior Max Stone was two for three with an RBI and junior Nick Roco was two for three for CdM (10-5).
Sea Kings junior Nick Dill got his first career at-bat and delivered a hit and RBI, while senior Cort Hastings and junior Hunter Cullen both went one for two.
CdM, which is hosting the Corona del Mar pool in the tourney, plays against Laguna Hills Monday at 10:30 a.m.
Reno (NV) 12, Estancia 9
COSTA MESA — Alex Trancoso went three for five with a run batted in, run scored and stolen base for the Eagles in a pool-play game of the Beach Pit Classic Saturday.
Steven Macias (three for four, RBI, run), Tyler Rios (two for five, two RBIs, two runs), Andres Hernandez (two for five, RBI, run, double), Jackson Letterman (two for four, RBI, run), Ben Beck (one for four, RBI, run, double), Jason Rodriguez (one for two, run), Brodie Pearce (one for two, two RBIs, double) and Levi Stillman (three walks) also contributed for Estancia (10-4).
The Eagles continue play in the Estancia pool Monday at 10 a.m. against San Juan Hills at Estancia.
Great Oak 9, Newport Harbor 3
NEWPORT BEACH — Alex Opyd and Kole Escher both had a goal and an assist for the Sailors in the nonleague game Friday night.
Brian Team had a goal and Riley Peterson added an assist for Newport Harbor (6-6). Great Oak of Temecula is ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section laxpower.com rankings.
Andrew Wilson (five groundballs, three takeaways), Jack Murrel (two groundballs, four takeaways, Ritter Hagadorn (five groundballs, one takeaway), Luke Toohey (three groundballs, two takeaways) and Hamilton Randle (one groundball, three takeaways) also stood out for the Sailors. Newport Harbor goalie Zac Vayda made six saves.
The Sailors play host to the Thacher School from Ojai Saturday at 7 p.m.