Arakawa Receives Big Sky Athlete of the Week Honors

Junior thrower recognized by conference for the fourth time in his career

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 Feb. 4 after a performance in the weight throw with NCAA Division I Championship implications at the Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 31 in Nampa, Idaho.

Going into the competition with a seasonal best of 62-3 1/4 in the weight throw, Arakawa launched a personal-best toss of 66-1, placing first. He already sits second in EWU school history, but inched closer to school record holder David Paul, who had a throw of 68-8 1/2 in 2007.

The Olympia, Wash., native moved up to the top spot in the conference with that mark, now sitting ahead of Sacramento State’s January James (64-4) and Eastern’s Zack Nielsen (62-3 3/4). He also sits 23rd in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors. He will compete at the BSC Indoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho on Feb. 27- Mar. 1.

This is Arakawa’s first Athlete of the Week honor indoors and the fourth of his career, as he claimed the recognition three times during the 2013 outdoor season. It also marks the third time an Eastern athlete has been recognized by the Big Sky this season, as senior pole-vaulter Keisa Monterola has been selected twice.

The junior from Capital High School is coming off of two second-place finishes at the Big Sky Championships last season in the weight throw indoors (65-4) and the hammer throw outdoors (208-4). His personal best of 213-8 in the hammer also ranks second all-time at Eastern behind Paul (226-2, 2007).

Arakawa will be in action this weekend for the Eagles at the Vandal Indoor and Vandal Open in Moscow, Idaho.

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