Junior thrower recognized by Big Sky Conference for second week in a row
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 8 after a strong showing in the hammer at the Stanford Invitational on April 5 in Stanford, Calif.
Competing in the invitational section at Stanford, Arakawa got off a throw of 212-1 in the hammer, placing second overall only behind James Steacy of the Chinook Track & Field Club (232-8).
This is Arakawa’s fifth Athlete of the Week honor outdoors and sixth 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 David Paul, who had a throw of 68-8 1/2 in 2007.
Arakawa received AOTW honors last week as well after launching a personal-best throw of 219-3 at the Al Manuel Invitational. That mark currently ranks atop the Big Sky, sixth in the west region and 11th 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 also set in 2007 by Paul. Arakawa ranks third all-time in the Big Sky behind Paul and Northern Arizona’s Karim Chester (219-8, 2005).
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 in 2013.
Eagle fans will have a chance to watch Arakawa in the ring this weekend, as he is set to compete at the Pelluer Invitational Saturday (April 12) in Cheney, Wash.