April 16, 2013

Arakawa Earns Second Big Sky AOTW Honor of the Season

Sophomore recognized by Big Sky Conference for second time in three-week span

Jordan Arakawa of the Eastern Washington University men’s track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference men’s field athlete of the week for the week of April 16 after his performance in the hammer throw at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invitational on April 12 in Las Vegas, Nev.

After breaking the 200-foot plateau for the first time in his career two weeks earlier at the Al Manuel Invitational, the Olympia, Wash., native eclipsed the 210-foot mark in the hammer with a winning toss of 211-1 in Las Vegas. He already sat second in EWU school history, but inched closer to school record holder David Paul, who had a throw of 226-2 in 2007.

Arakawa sits atop the current conference performance list and stands nearly 10 feet ahead of the No. 2 mark in the Big Sky by Montana State’s David Phillips (201-6). He also sits 15th in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors and 10th in the West Region. He will compete at the BSC Outdoor Championships in Portland, Ore., on May 10-11.

This is Arakawa’s second time he’s received athlete of the week accolades this season, as he also garnered the men’s field honor for the week of April 2 with his 208-1 performance in Missoula, Mont.

The sophomore from Capital High School is coming off a second-place finish in the weight throw at the BSC Indoor Championships, where he had a huge personal-best toss of 65-4 to rank second all-time at Eastern, also behind Paul (68-8 1/2, 2007).

Arakawa will be in action this weekend for the Eagles at the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational.

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