Arakawa Honored by Big Sky for the Second-Straight Week

Arakawa Honored by Big Sky for the Second-Straight Week

Senior thrower earns Athlete of the Week honors for a mark in the hammer throw that ranks 19th in the nation

For the second week in a row, Jordan Arakawa from the Eastern Washington University track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference men's field athlete of the week for the week of April 29 after a stellar performance in the hammer throw at the Cougar Invitational on April 25 in Pullman, Wash.

Arakawa, a senior out of Olympia, Wash., launched a throw of 215-2 feet to place first at the Cougar Invitational. His new season best leads the Big Sky Conference by over five feet, ranks him seventh in the West Region, and ranks 19th in the country amongst Division I competitors.

He previously received the Athlete of the Week nod this season for the week of April 20 for his first place finish in the open section of the hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays with a then season-best toss of 211-3.

Arakawa has improved his season best at every competition so far during his current outdoor campaign and has placed first in four out of five meets. He qualified for the Big Sky Championships on March 26 at the Texas Relays with a solid season opening toss of 195-8. The following week, he won the hammer throw at the Sam Adams Classic on April 4 in Spokane, Wash., with a mark of 198-2. Since then, Arakawa has eclipsed the 200-foot barrier and placed first at every meet – including a mark of 203-3 in his home ring at the Pelluer Invitational on April 11.

This is Arakawa's ninth career honor outdoors and tenth overall. Last season, Arakawa earned Big Sky AOTW honors four times – the only other Eagle to do that was EWU Hall of Famer Joyce Rainwater who earned women's track Athlete of the Week honors four times during the 1990 indoor season.

His current season best inches him closer to his lifetime best of 219-3 that ranks second in school history behind David Paul who set the school record of 226-2 in 2007. Last season, he qualified for the Division I NCAA National Championships in the hammer throw. He has a total of five All-Big Sky accolades (top-three finish at a conference championship) – including back-to-back indoor conference titles in the weight throw.

Arakawa and the rest of the Eagles will head to Corvallis, Ore., for their next competition at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on Friday, May 1.

Men's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships: May 13-16 – Cheney, Wash.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round:
May 28-30 – Austin, Tex.
NCAA Championships:
June 10-13 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: One --
Tied (Jeremy VanAssche, 100, 10.43)
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained:
15 (One new: Aaron Cunningham, Shot Put)

Nick Stearns
– Pole Vault – 16-6 – Pahrump, Nev. (Pahrump Valley HS '11)
Cody Humphrey – Shot Put – 54-3 1/4 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS '09)
Cody Humphrey – Discus  -- 170-7 – Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS '09)
Jordan Arakawa – Hammer Throw – 215-2 – Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
Phil Puccino – High Jump – 6-9 3/4 – Tacoma, Wash. (Coffeyville CC/Steilacoom HS '10)
Phil Puccino – Triple Jump – 48-5 1/4 -- Tacoma, Wash. (Coffeyville CC/Steilacoom HS '10)
Phil Puccino – Long Jump – 23-5 1/4 -- Tacoma, Wash. (Coffeyville CC/Steilacoom HS '10)
Jeremy VanAssche – 100 – 10.43 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
Jeremy VanAssche – 200 – 21.44 -- East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '14)
Brad Michael – 400 – 48.61 – Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS '11)
Joey Payne – Javelin – 190-8 – Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '12)
Aaron Cunningham – Discus – 162-8 – Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS '13)
Aaron Cunningham – Shot Put – 52-6 3/4 -- Richland, Wash. (Hanford HS '13)
Austin Upmeyer – 400 – 48.81 – Spokane Valley, Wash. (University HS '13)
Trenton Osborn – Long Jump – 23-1 3/4 – East Wenatchee, Wash. (Eastmont HS '13)

Women's Qualifiers/Records

Big Sky Championships: May 13-16 – Cheney, Wash.
NCAA Championships Preliminary Round: May 28-30 – Austin, Tex.
NCAA Championships: June 10-13 – Eugene, Ore.
School Records Broken: One  (Emma Murillo, Discus, 169-0)
Total Big Sky Championships Qualifying Marks Attained: 22 (Two new: Kaytlyn Coleman, Shot Put, Emma Murillo, Hammer Throw)

Anandae Clark – Pole Vault – 12-3 1/2 -- Nine Mile Falls, Wash. (Lakeside HS '12)
Olivia Midles – Hammer Throw – 186-7 -- Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '10)
Emma Murillo – Javelin – 144-5 -- Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '10)
Emma Murillo – Discus – 169-0 -- Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '10)
Emma Murillo – Hammer Throw – 179-7 -- Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS '10)
Kelsie Forcier – Discus – 160-5 -- Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS '12)
Morena Mannucci – Triple Jump – 40-6
Sarah Reiter – 5,000 – 16:36.28 -- Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS '12/Montana State)
Sarah Reiter – 10,000 – 34:38.42 -- Renton, Wash. (Lindbergh HS '12/Montana State)
Berenice Penaloza – 5,000 – 17:05.41 -- Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS '11)
Berenice Penaloza – 10,000 – 36:35.61 -- Yakima, Wash. (Eisenhower HS '11)
Paula Gil-Echevarria – Steeplechase – 10:30.40 -- Madrid, Spain
Catie Arrigoni – Steeplechase – 10:34.83 -- Oroville, Wash. (Oroville HS '11/Everett CC)
Katie Mahoney – Steeplechase --- 10:28.68 -- Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '11)
Katie Mahoney – 1500 – 4:28.96 -- Richland, Wash. (Richland HS '11)
Morgan Romey – Shot Put – 47-0 1/4 -- Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS '11)
Morgan Romey – Discus – 148-10 -- Mica, Wash. (Freeman HS '11)
Kaytlyn Coleman – Hammer Throw – 184-3 – Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS '11/Lewis-Clark SC)
Dominique Butler – Triple Jump – 38-5 1/2 – Spokane, Wash. (Lewis-Clark HS '14)
D'onna Robinson – Discus – 151-7 – Gladstone, Ore. (Gladstone HS '13)
Jozie Kimes – Heptathlon – 4,485 -- Cashmere, Wash. (Cashmere HS '12)

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