Cofer comes in fourth

Steamboat junior places in discus

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Westin Cofer wasn't interested in the future.

"I was hoping to get third at least," the Steamboat Springs junior said.

With a throw of 150 feet, 8 inches -- his first throw in the discus finals -- Cofer placed fourth in Friday's finals at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships.

With his senior year ahead of him, Cofer is a favorite to contend for a state championship next season.

"Technically, he's very sound," Steamboat throwing coach Ken Brenner said. "He's only going to get better. He's only going to throw farther."

Cofer was seeded fourth coming into Friday's discus finals, so his finish was consistent with his seed. The only smiles Cofer flashed Friday, however, were after his 150-8 throw and after a rabbit hopped past him just outside the discus ring.

"He'll be back next year," Brenner said.

This spring was just Cofer's second season throwing the shot put and discus.

Mountain View's Brodie Wright's won the state discus title, throwing 158-5.

The two-day state meet is being held at the renovated Jefferson County Stadium facility in Lakewood. The discus finals were outside the fenced-in football field, which was perfect for Cofer, who uses track as a springboard for football season.

"I live for football, and track goes along with it," said Cofer, an All-Western Slope League and All-State linebacker. "It's something to do during the spring."

In addition to Cofer, Steam--boat senior Walker Hammond and junior Matt Hill also took part in Friday's opening day of the state meet.

Hill ran in the 1,600-meter finals, finishing 18th in 4 minutes, 39.28 seconds. There were 29 runners in one heat, and all 29 stayed together for the most part during the first two laps.

Pine Creek's Mike Sickafoose and Conifer's Bobby Potrykus created some separation on the third lap, with Sickafoose turning in a 4:20.65 to win the state championship.

Hammond ran in his preliminary hurdle races Friday, just missing out on qualifying for today's 300-meter hurdle finals, finishing 10th in 40.63.

He also finished 13th in the 110-hurdle preliminaries in 15.86, but Hammond was the top Region 1 hurdler in the 300, placing ahead of hurdlers from Montrose and Rifle.

Mountain View's Ben Yeh set the pace, running a 14.32 in the 110 hurdles and a 38.29 in the 300 hurdles to position himself to win both state titles today.

Cofer and Hill return next season for the Sailors, along with Region 1 placers Lizzie Stoll, Brittany Long, Chelsea Mosser, Tyler Hutson and Darren Burke.

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