Among the top 30 male track and field athletes in NCAA Division I to be honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America, senior hammer thrower earns second team honors
Concluding his Eastern Washington University career with a gaudy 3.93 grade point average and loads of accolades, senior thrower Jordan Arakawa achieved another first for the EWU Track & Field program when he was selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team.
He is the first Eastern student-athlete to be selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on the Academic All-America team, after becoming the first to be named to the Academic All-District VIII team back in May. A total of 45 student-athletes were selected to the squad, and Arakawa was among the 15 chosen for the second team.
Arakawa won the Big Sky Conference championship in the hammer throw in May and has a 3.93 grade point average as a pre-med/biology major. He concluded his career on May 29th with a 26th-place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, coming up short in his bid to return to the NCAA Championships.
After placing second in the hammer throw at the past two conference championships, Arakawa won his first Big Sky outdoor title with a season-best toss of 218-1, winning the event by over four feet. His personal best of 219-3 ranks second in school history behind David Paul (226-2, 2007).
The Olympia, Wash., native won two consecutive Big Sky titles indoors in the weight throw at the 2014 and 2015 conference championships. His personal best of 66-1 1/2 ranks second in school history, also behind David Paul (68-8 1/2, 2007).
Arakawa will end his career a perfect 8-for-8 in Big Sky All-Academic honors and was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2015 outdoor conference meet. Six times he earned All-Big Sky honors with finishes in the top three -- a trio as champion and three more as runner-up. He also earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week honors 11 times in his career.