Arakawa Earns Big Sky Athlete of the Week Honors

Redshirt sophomore recognized by conference after national top ten performance in the hammer

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 2 after a stellar performance in the hammer throw at the Al Manuel Invitational on March 29 in Missoula, Mont.

The sophomore from Capital High School eclipsed the 200-feet mark in the hammer throw for the first time in his career, reaching a personal best of 208-1 to win the event. That mark moved him up to second in school history, now only sitting behind 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 seven feet ahead of the No. 2 mark in the Big Sky. He also sits ninth in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors and eighth in the West Region. He will compete at the BSC Outdoor Championships in Portland, Ore., on May 10-11.

The Olympia, Wash., native 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 at the All-Idaho Cup in Boise, Idaho.

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