The favorite to win the hammer throw at the Big Sky Championships at EWU on May 13-16, senior thrower earns the 11th athlete of the week honor of his career
Jordan Arakawa of the Eastern Washington University track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference men's field athlete of the week for the third week in a row for his performance in the hammer throw at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on April 30.
The senior out of Olympia, Wash., won the hammer throw for the fifth-straight week with a toss of 207-3 3/4, eclipsing the 200-foot mark for the fourth time this season.
Arakawa's second honor of the season came after he launched a throw of 215-2 to place first at the Cougar Invitational on April 25. His current season best leads the Big Sky Conference by over four feet, and ranks ninth in the West Region and 22nd in the nation amongst NCAA Division I competitors.
His first AOTW nod of the season came after a stellar performance at the Mt. SAC Relays where he placed first in the hammer throw with a then season-best toss of 211-3.
This is Arakawa's tenth career honor outdoors and eleventh overall, the most honors received by a male track athlete in Eastern's program history. Last season, he 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 four times during the 1990 indoor season.
Arakawa's lifetime best in the hammer is 219-3, a mark that ranks second in school history behind David Paul who set the school record of 226-2 in 2007. Last season, Arakawa 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.
The Eagles will be in action on Wednesday, May 6 at the Sasquatch Carnival in Spokane, Wash., for the last regular season meet before the Big Sky Conference Championships on May 13-16 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.