One of 12 athletes to be honored in an eight-state region, senior thrower now advances to the national ballot with a chance to become an Academic All-American
Eastern Washington University senior thrower Jordan Arakawa is one of 12 athletes selected to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team in Division I as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is the first track athlete in school history to receive this honor.
The squad includes NCAA Division I track and field athletes from Utah, California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon. His name is now forwarded to the national ballot to select Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
Arakawa is a newly minted Big Sky Conference Champion in the hammer throw and has a 3.93 grade point average as a pre-med biology major.
"For Jordan, this is a well-deserved honor. His diligence in the classroom is a character trait that will serve him throughout his career," said head men's coach Stan Kerr. "Jordan is a humble and driven person. He is a great teammate who leads by example and is as dependable of a person that you could wish for. This district-wide recognition is outstanding and we're very proud of all his accomplishments."
"What a great honor for Jordan and EWU. As it should be, academics have always been his top priority at Eastern," said head women's coach Marcia Mecklenburg, who has coached Arakawa in the throws for the past five years. "He is the athlete that stayed up studying in the business areas of motels when we traveled on overnight trips. He is very deserving of this honor."
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 conference meet. He has also earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week honors 11 times in his career.
Next up for Arakawa will be the NCAA Division I West Region Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas next Thursday-Saturday (May 28-30) where he will look to earn his second consecutive berth to the NCAA Division I Championships. Arakawa heads into the competition ranked eighth in the hammer throw field.
At last season's regional meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas, he had a throw of 202-4 1/4 to place 12th overall, booking his ticket to the National meet for the first time in his career.