Jacksonville, Florida - Conner Neu broke his own record in the hammer throw to advance to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14. Neu joins Bobby Grace, who qualified for nationals in the shot put on Thursday.
On his first attempt, Neu crushed his old mark of 65.26m (214-1) with an impressive throw of 66.19m (217-2), which put him in first place at the time.
He fouled on his next three attempts before notching a 64.27m throw to mark in the final round. He passed on his final throw.
Neu placed fourth in a strong field with his throw. Finishing in front of him were Alex Poursanidis of Georgia, Matthias Tayala of Kent State and Tomas Kruzliak from Virginia Tech.
Austin McLean and Eric Rupe will attempt to become the third and fourth Penguins to reach the national championships when they compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase tonight at 8:50 p.m.
Jay Jakovina and Arnaldo Morales compete in the high jump, Saturday, at 5 p.m.