Junior thrower recognized for performance with All-American implications in hammer throw
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 1 after a performance in the hammer throw with strong postseason intentions at the Al Manuel Invitational on March 28 in Missoula, Mont.
After opening the season with a strong conference-qualifying mark of 209-6 at the Dusty Lane Open two weeks earlier, Arakawa launched a new personal best of 219-3 at the Al Manuel, winning the competition by over 30 feet.
That mark currently ranks atop the Big Sky, fifth in the west region and eighth in the nation amongst Division I competitors. He entered the 2014 season with the No. 2 all-time spot at Eastern, but has inched closer to the school record and Big Sky Conference record of 226-2 set in 2007 by David Paul. Arakawa ranks third all-time in the Big Sky behind Paul and Northern Arizona’s Karim Chester (219-8, 2005).
This is Arakawa’s fourth Athlete of the Week honor outdoors and fifth of his career. He claimed the honors three times during the 2013 outdoor season. Arakawa was also named AOTW once during the 2014 indoor season, when he had a personal-best toss of 66-1 in the weight throw at the Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 31. That mark ranks second in school history behind Paul, who had a throw of 68-8 1/2 in 2007 as well.
The junior from Capital High School is coming off his first career Big Sky title in the weight throw, in which he led a historic one, two, three sweep for Eastern with teammates Zack Nielsen and Jon Buchanan. He also put together two All-Big Sky performances last season, placing second in both the weight and hammer last season.
Arakawa will be in action this weekend for the Eagles at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.