Both biology majors, recent graduates are honored for athletics accomplishments and academic achievements at EWU

Big Sky Conference News Release

A pair of recent graduates with degrees in biology – women’s basketball player Melissa Williams and track and field standout Jordan Arakawa -- have been selected as Eastern Washington University’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2014-15 school year. Williams is a 2011 graduate of Camas (Wash.) High School and Arakawa graduated in 2010 from Capital HS in Olympia, Wash.

The Scholar-Athlete Award honors the "best of the best" of the conference's more than 3,500 student-athletes. One senior male and one senior female from each school in the league are recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.

To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the institution and be a letter winner.

A veteran of 122 games as an Eagle, Williams completed her biology degree with a 3.77 grade point average. Arakawa was an Academic All-American and three-time conference champion, and received his pre-medicine/biology degree with a 3.93 GPA.

Williams spent her senior season as EWU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) President, and was also one of three Social Media Ambassadors for the athletic department. She was the organizer for the Toiletry Drive fundraiser, and participated in the Penny Drive for the Guild School. She also was a leader in on-campus student-athlete meal plan discussions.

On the court, she was a second team All-Big Sky selection and had 12 double-doubles in helping EWU to a NCAA Division I best 21 victories. She earned four Big Sky All-Academic honors in her career.

Williams finished her career tied atop the Eagles’ NCAA Division I career games played list with 122 total appearances in an EWU uniform. She ranks second all-time with 832 rebounds while her career average of 6.8 boards per game ranks sixth. She also ranks eighth all-time with 86 blocked shots and is tied for 10th all-time with 128 career steals.

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. 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.

Listed below is a yearly listing of EWU’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.

 

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RECIPIENTS OF THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD

Year

Female Athlete, Sport

Male Athlete, Sport

2014-15

Melissa Williams, Basketball

Jordan Arakawa, Track & Field

2013-14

Ashley Wright, Volleyball

Ashton Miller, Football

2012-13

Cora Kellerman, Volleyball/Track & Field

Jeff Minnerly, Football

2011-12

Shene Davis, Track & Field

Bowe Ebding, Track & Field/Cross Country

2010-11

Julie Piper, Basketball

Matt Martin, Football

2009-10

Christy Borders, Track & Field

Jacob Kragt, Football

2008-09

Bonnie Berscheid, Track & Field

Marcus Walker, Football

2007-08

Camille Moseley, Track & Field/Cross Country

Tom McAndrews, Football

2006-07

Joanna Chadd, Basketball

David Paul, Track & Field

2005-06

Beth Russell, Soccer

Joey Cwik, Football

2004-05

Keva Sonderen, Volleyball

Ty Weingard, Track & Field

2003-04

Kathleen Nygaard, Basketball

Kyler Randall, Football

2002-03

Christie Kight, Track & Field

Kurt Kraemer, Track & Field

2001-02

Robyn Felder, Volleyball

Mike Oien, Track & Field

2000-01

Angie Hall, Volleyball

Lance Ballew, Football

1999-00

Kim Maxwell, Volleyball

Ryan Hansen, Basketball

1998-99

Kim Exner, Volleyball

Mike MacKenzie, Football

1997-98

Lora Botha, Volleyball

Jeff Ogden, Football

1996-97

Jaime Dotson, Volleyball

Jason Baerlocher, Track & Field

1995-96

Resa Watterson, Basketball

Jesse Hardt, Football

1994-95

Lori Napier, Basketball

Noah Chambreau, Track & Field

1993-94

Andrea Pochman, Volleyball

Tony Brooks, Football

1992-93

Angela Grant, Volleyball

Trevor Westlund, Football

1991-92

Kari McKay, Track & Field/Cross Country

Kurt Schulz, Football

1990-91

Nancy Kuiper, Track & Field

John Garrison, Basketball

1989-90

Suzanne Vick, Volleyball

Jack Folger, Track & Field/Cross Country

1988-89

Lorna Barr, Volleyball

Jeff Mickel, Football

1987-88

Sonya Gaubinger, Basketball

Hogan Wrixon, Track & Field

 
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