Newport Harbor High senior Steve Michaelsen went through a week of practice he described as "laid-back," leading up to the Golden West Track & Field Invitational.
The light approach provided a positive attitude, he said, and it translated to a second-place finish in the discus throw at Prairie City Stadium in Folsom.
Michaelsen, bound for Wake Forest, threw 183 feet, 9 inches to take second place. He finished behind Jefferson Jarvis of Hidden Valley, Ore., who won with 194-9.
Michaelsen's personal record is 185-1 but he said he was happy to have a great meet and earn second place.
"My first throw was 170 and then I had five throws of over 180," Michaelsen said in a phone interview. "Every throw felt like a PR, but it wasn't. But maybe that means I'm breaking that barrier and I will reach my PR."
Michaelsen, who finished fourth in the discus at the CIF State Meet last week, said he will try to break his personal record next week when he competes at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
He said he'll compete in the shot put on Friday and the discus on Saturday.
Michaelsen finished sixth in the shotput at the Golden West Invitational with a mark of 53-4 1/2. Jarvis won the shotput (61-3 1/4).
Corona del Mar senior Kyle Iverson finished 10th in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 2.77 seconds). Xavier Moss of Houston won in 1:55.33.
Iverson was a CIF Southern Section Division III finalist on the CdM 4x400 relay team and helped break the school record in the event.
— Steve Virgen