YSU’s Neu places 13th in NCAA finals
He earned 2nd team All-American honors
By Steve Wilaj
Youngstown State senior thrower Conner Neu finished 13th in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday.
It earned him second-team All-American honors in the event for the second time in his career, as he also placed 15th at the NCAA outdoor championships in 2014.
After fouling on his first throw, Neu’s second toss traveled 66.33 meters.
That was his long throw of the day, as his third attempt traveled 65.98 meters.
At the time, the second throw placed Neu — who threw with the first flight — fourth overall, but he dropped in the rankings as competition continued.
The event capped an eventful YSU career for the Brook Park native, who transferred to the Penguins from Kentucky prior to the 2014 season.
He’ll leave with three All-American medals, as — in addition to his two second-team outdoor accomplishments — he earned first-team All-American honors in the weight throw at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
He also piled up six Horizon League titles during his YSU tenure.
Additionally, Neu was named the 2016 YSU Men’s Athlete of the Year, while he set a YSU record in the hammer throw earlier this season in April with a toss of 70.96 meters at the Slippery Rock Dave Labor Invitational.
But Neu’s season isn’t exactly over.
On July 6, he will return to Hayward Field in Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
He’ll try to earn one of three spots on the USA Olympic Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio by competing with the nations top 16 hammer throwers.
On Tuesday, the top eight finishers achieved first-team All-American status. Second-team went to finishers 9-16.
Oklahoma State’s Nick Miller finished first in the hammer throw with a toss of 73.98 meters.