Trio of Eagles honored by USTFCCCA after NCAA Championship appearances
Fresh off a school record of three participants at the NCAA Championships on June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore., the Eastern Washington University track and field teams had one athlete named to the second team All-American team, while two others received honorable mention honors by the USTFCCCA.
NCAA Division I competitors were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their performances at the national meet in Eugene. Finishers in the top eight received first team All-America honors, while those who placed from ninth to 16th were second team All-Americans. Honorable mention honors were given to the remaining finishers at the meet, but are not technically considered All-Americans.
Junior Emma Murillo earned second team All-America honors after concluding a strong postseason with a 16th-place finish in the javelin and a throw of 156-3 at the championships. She had the fifth-best placing by an Eastern female athlete ever and became just the third to claim second team honors (two claimed first team- Carolee Gutierrez- eighth in javelin in 2007, Kari McKay- fourth in 10,000 in 1992).
Murillo entered the postseason with a seasonal best of 137-7 in the javelin, but popped off throws of 158-2 (first at Big Sky Championships), 156-11 (10th at West Regionals) and had her third straight meet with a mark exceeding the mid-150’s at the NCAA’s biggest stage. She developed a knack for proving rankings wrong, as she had came in ranked outside the top 10 at Big Sky’s, 24th at the West Preliminary Rounds and 22nd at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Catie Arrigoni and junior Jordan Arakawa each claimed honorable mention honors, as Arrigoni finished 20th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Arakawa was 23rd in the hammer at the national meet.
Arrigoni ran 10:24.66 to place ninth in her heat and 20th overall, improving on her ranking of 24th coming in. She came into the meet with momentum, having won the Big Sky title in the event and breaking the school record at the West Prelims (10:14.99) to claim the final spot for Nationals. Her 20th-place finish was the seventh-best placing by an Eagle women outdoors.
Arakawa rebounded from fouling on his first two attempts in the hammer, getting on the board with a throw of 181-7 to place 23rd and improve on his incoming ranking of 24th. Arakawa’s placing was the sixth-best in school history by an EWU male outdoors. He was Eastern’s first male competitor at the meet since 2007, when hammer throw school-record holder David Paul placed 25th in the hammer.
USTFCCCA’s story with a complete list of the honorees is available at this link: