Grand Junction Westin Cofer went from anonymity to regional runner-up.
"I wanted to be a regional champ," the Steamboat Springs High School junior said Friday. "But I have next year."
This spring, Cofer has consistently thrown the discus farther than 140 feet, and he has placed in nearly every meet. On Friday, he placed second at the Region 1 meet with a throw of 153-11 -- four inches shy of his personal best.
Last year, Cofer consistently threw the discus 128 feet and didn't score many points for the Sailors. In one year, he has become one of the state's top discus throwers.
On Friday, Eagle Valley's Jacob Rivera set the standard, throwing 154-4.
"I wanted to beat the Eagle Valley kid," Cofer said. "He's beat me in every meet this year. I scratched on the throw that would have beat him."
Cofer will get his chance to top Rivera at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships on Friday and May 20 at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
Cofer said he has done a lot of form work to improve his technique, something he knew little about when he started competing in the discus last season.
"I thought it was all upper body," he said. "I never used to charge to the front of the ring."
Friday mostly was a day for preliminaries at the Region 1 meet, but the Sailors had other field event finals and the 1,600-meter finals.
No Steamboat athlete placed in the mile, but junior Lee Wren came close, winning the first heat in 4 minutes, 50.34 seconds.
Chelsea Mosser and Walker Hammond breezed through their prelims Friday. Mosser will run in the 100 and 200 finals today. Hammond will run in the 110 and 300 hurdle finals today.
Hammond had the second-fastest time in the 110 hurdles, but he had the fastest time in the 300, turning in a 41.35. He was the only hurdler who broke the 42-second mark Friday.
Rachael Caires and Tyler Hutson made the 400-meter finals, as well.
Today's events begin at 8 a.m. with the 800-meter medley finals. All individual and relay finals are today.