Junior thrower shares conference honors with Portland State decathlete
Jordan Arakawa of the Eastern Washington University men’s track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference co-men’s field athlete of the week for the week of April 15 after exceeding the 210-foot barrier in the hammer for the third week in a row at EWU’s 43rd Annual Pelluer Invitational on April 12 in Cheney, Wash.
Competing in his home ring, Arakawa continued his stellar season in the hammer, winning the event with a toss of 216-8 at the Pelluer.
This week Arakawa shares the honors with Portland State’s Nevin Lewis, who competed in his first decathlon for the Vikings Friday (April 11) at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento, Calif. Lewis won the event with an outstanding score of 7,268 that tops the Big Sky.
This is Arakawa’s sixth Athlete of the Week honor outdoors and seventh of his career. He has now claimed the honors three times during the 2014 outdoor season, matching his total from 2013 outdoors.
This is also Arakawa's third-straight AOTW award, as he claimed the honors for the week of April 1 and 8 in the past two weeks.
Arakawa’s personal and seasonal-best throw of 219-3 at the Al Manuel Invitational earned him his first AOTW honor of the season. That mark currently ranks atop the Big Sky, sixth in the west region and 11th in the nation amongst Division I competitors. He entered the 2014 season with the No. 2 all-time spot at Eastern, but has inched closer to the school record and Big Sky Conference record of 226-2 set in 2007 by David Paul. Arakawa ranks third all-time in the Big Sky behind Paul and Northern Arizona’s Karim Chester (219-8, 2005).
Arakawa was also named AOTW once during the 2014 indoor season, when he had a personal-best toss of 66-1 in the weight throw at the Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 31. That mark also ranks second in school history behind Paul, who had a throw of 68-8 1/2 in 2007.
The junior from Capital High School is coming off his first career Big Sky title in the weight throw, in which he led a historic one-two-three sweep for Eastern with teammates Zack Nielsen and Jon Buchanan. He also put together two All-Big Sky performances last season, placing second in both the weight and hammer in 2013.
Arakawa will be facing some stellar competition this weekend, as Eastern heads back to California for the Mt. SAC Relays (April 16-19) in Walnut, Calif., and the Beach Invitational (April 18-19) in Cerritos, Calif.