Maryland senior Nick Pulli, a West Deptford High graduate, has made huge strides in the hammer throw this spring, and he PR’d on Saturday in a quad meet in Charlottesville, Va.
Pulli threw 174-1, finishing second to U.S. #7 Hilmar Orn Jonsson of the host Cavaliers. It was Pulli’s third straight meet over 170 feet and broke his PR of 173-4, set three weeks ago at a meet on his home track in College Park, Md.
Before this year, Pulli’s hammer PR was 166-0 from the 2016 Maryland Invitational two years ago. He only threw it once last year.
Pulli was a shot and discus Meet of Champions winner at West Deptford, but he has only thrown the discus in one meet in college. He has thrown the 16-pound shot 53 feet but the hammer, an event he never contested in high school, has emerged as his strongest event.
Pulli’s 174-1 moved him into the No. 9 spot on the all-time Maryland hammer throw performance list.