Arakawa Third in Hammer at USATF Junior Championships
Eastern sophomore-to-be has a throw of 216-6 to earn junior All-America accolades in Eugene
Eastern Washington University’s Jordan Arakawa unleashed a throw of 216-6 (65.99 meters) in the hammer throw to place third and earn All-America recognition at the United States Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships Friday (June 24) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Arakawa, a 2010 graduate of Capital High School in Olympia, Wash., had his best throw on his second effort of the day. His other throws were 213-4 and 213-2, and he also registered three fouls. The meet utilizes a slightly lighter implement than the one used in the NCAA.
He placed third behind champion Alec Faldermeyer of UCLA (241-2/73.52) and runner-up Greg Skipper from the Mac Wilkins Throwers Academy (220-7/67.23m). Arakawa finished just three inches ahead of the fourth-place finisher, Bradley Bolton from the South Orange County Wildcats. The top three finishers earn junior All-America recognition.
In addition, the meet serves as the as the selection meet for the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which take place July 22-24, in Miramar, Fla. The top two finishers in each event in Eugene are invited to compete as members of Team USA, and Arakawa is an alternate with his third-place finish.
As a freshman this past season at EWU, Arakawa placed 21st in the hammer throw with a toss of 193-11 at the NCAA West Region Meet in Eugene. At the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., he was fourth in the hammer (191-4) and seventh in the discus (152-11).
On Saturday (June 25), Eastern’s Emma Murillo will compete in the women’s javelin and Michael Okoro, the reigning Big Sky Conference 200-meter champion, will run in that event. The junior meet is taking place concurrently with the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.