April 3, 2013

Pair of Sophomore Throwers Tabbed as April Scholar-Athletes

In the midst of a strong opening stretch to the season, two track and field athletes honored for success athletically and academically

Redshirt sophomores Jordan Arakawa and Emma Murillo of the Eastern Washington University track and field team have been selected as the EWU Athletic Department Scholar-Athletes of the Month.

This award recognizes the athletic and academic success of student-athletes, based primarily on performances turned in during the month prior, so in this case, March.

Arakawa has maintained a 3.91 cumulative grade point average in his exercise science major. Murillo, a Spanish education major, holds a 3.58 GPA.

With their sights set on the 2013 Big Sky Outdoor Championships, both athletes have made big statements early in the outdoor track and field season. Arakawa currently ranks No. 1 in the Big Sky in the hammer throw, while Murillo has hit the conference standard in three different throwing events.

Both throwers will be in action this weekend as the track and field team heads to Boise, Idaho for the All-Idaho Cup on April 5-6.

More on Arakawa

Arakawa had a strong opener to the outdoor season, throwing a then-personal best 196-8 in the hammer at the Dusty Lane Open, but he wasn’t satisfied there.

The Capital High School graduate eclipsed the 200-foot mark for the first time in his career, reaching a personal best of 208-1 to win the event at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula, Mont. That mark moved Arakawa up to second in EWU school history, now only sitting behind school record holder David Paul, who had a throw of 226-2 in 2007.

With that performance in Missoula, Arakawa was honored by the Big Sky Conference as the men’s field athlete of the week for the week of April 2.

Arakawa sits atop the Big Sky with that mark, which is nearly seven feet ahead of the No. 2 mark on the conference list. He also sits ninth in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors and eighth in the West Region.

The Olympia, Wash., native is coming off a second-place finish in the weight throw at the BSC Indoor Championships, where he had a huge personal-best toss of 65-4 to rank second all-time at Eastern, also behind Paul (68-8 1/2, 2007). During his freshman season, Arakawa placed fourth in the hammer (191-3) and seventh in the discus (152-10) at the 2011 BSC Outdoor Championships.

More on Murillo

Murillo has put an exclamation point on her booked ticket to the BSC Outdoor Championships in May, having already qualified in each of her three throwing events. At the Dusty Lane Open, Murillo had marks of 134-10 in the javelin and 141-8 in the discus, both clearing the Big Sky qualifying standards.

Murillo added a third event to that list at the Al Manuel after getting off a toss of 163-9 in the hammer throw. She also hit season bests in the discus (143-0) and javelin (142-10) in Missoula, Mont.

With those marks, Murillo sits comfortably among the top eight on the conference lists in each event. She is currently ranked sixth in the discus and seventh in both the hammer and javelin for the Big Sky. Her season best in the javelin puts her in the 33rd position in the West Region.

The sophomore out of Southridge High School has made her marks in Eastern’s top ten lists as well. She ranks 10th all-time at EWU in both the javelin and hammer throw.

Indoors, Murillo is coming off her first all-conference performance, as she placed third in the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 58-8 1/2 at the 2013 BSC Indoor Championships. That mark ranks third in the EWU record book. She placed fifth in the discus (145-5) during her freshman year at the 2011 BSC Outdoor Championships.

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