Murillo Joins Arakawa as Junior All-American
Eastern sophomore-to-be has a throw of 150-8 in the javelin to earn junior All-America accolades at USATF Junior Championships in Eugene
Eastern Washington University’s Emma Murillo had a throw of 150-8 in the javelin to place fifth in last week’s (June 23-26) United States Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The 2010 graduate of Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash., earned junior All-America honors for her finish. Earlier in the meet, Jordan Arakawa had a throw of 216-6 in the hammer throw to place third and earn All-America recognition. The top eight finishers in each event were recognized as All-Americans.
Also competing in the meet from Eastern was sprinter Michael Okoro, who finished ninth in the preliminaries of the 200 meters with a time of 21.36 and just missed a spot in the finals. Okoro, who is from Lakewood, Wash., and graduated in 2010 from Clover Park High School, won the Big Sky Conference title in the 200 in May.
Arakawa, a 2010 graduate of Capital High School in Olympia, Wash., had his best throw on his second effort in the hammer. He placed third behind champion Alec Faldermeyer of UCLA (241-2) and runner-up Greg Skipper from the Mac Wilkins Throwers Academy (220-7). Arakawa finished just three inches ahead of the fourth-place finisher, Bradley Bolton from the South Orange County Wildcats.
In addition, the meet serves as the selection meet for the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which take place July 22-24, in Miramar, Fla. The top two finishers in each event in Eugene are invited to compete as members of Team USA, and Arakawa is an alternate with his third-place finish.
As a freshman this past season at EWU, Arakawa placed 21st in the hammer throw with a toss of 193-11 at the NCAA West Region Meet in Eugene. At the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., he was fourth in the hammer (191-4) and seventh in the discus (152-11).
As a freshman, Murillo was 10th in the javelin in her first Big Sky meet. Besides winning the 200 at the BSC Championships, Okoro was fourth in the 100 with a 10.72 time. He also ran a leg on EWU’s 4x100 relay team that placed second with a time of 40.46, which broke the 28-year-old school record of 40.9 set in 1983.