Eastern throwers recognized by Big Sky Conference after having marks with NCAA National Championship implications
Cora Kellerman and Jordan Arakawa of the Eastern Washington University track and field team were selected as the Big Sky Conference field athletes of the week after their performances at the Duane Hartman Invitational on April 26-27 in Spokane, Wash.
Kellerman, who is in her first season with the track and field team after having a standout career for EWU Volleyball, fired off a personal best throw of 170-0 in the javelin, crushing her previous best of 143-6. That mark vaulted her into second all-time at Eastern, trailing school record holder Carolee Gutierrez, who had a throw of 175-7 in 2007.
The senior out of La Conner High School moved to the top of the conference performance list with that throw. She also sits 10th in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors and seventh in the West Region.
Arakawa, who is taking home the honors for the third time this season, had a personal best of 213-8 in the hammer throw to win the event overall. He continues to sit second in EWU school history, but inched closer to school record holder David Paul, who had a throw of 226-2 in 2007.
The Olympia, Wash., native sits atop the current conference performance list and currently holds a two-foot lead over Montana State’s David Phillips (211-7). He also sits 15th in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors and 10th in the West Region.
Arakawa also earned athlete of the week accolades two other
times this season (April 2: 208-1, Al Manuel Invitational, April
16: 211-1, UNLV Randall Cunningham Invitational).
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).
Both Kellerman and Arakawa are set to compete at the 2013 BSC Outdoor Championships, which are just over a week away on May 8-11 in Forest Grove, Ore.