Curtis Thompson throws an absolute BOMB in the javelin and is now RANKED NO. 1 IN THE US!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR CURTIS THOMPSON ON!!!!!

VFJAIVANBAJAKMN.20160326000324Curtis Thompson is the American No. 1 javelin thrower after bombing a PR 265-10 at the Florida Relays in Tallahassee.

Thompson, a graduate of Florence High and a Mississippi State sophomore, added more than 17 feet to his previous personal-best of 248-1, set last last year’s SEC Championships at his home facility.

Thompson, a two-time U.S. junior champ and third-place finisher at NCAAs as a freshman, moved into the No. 22 mark on the all-time U.S. list with the new implement.

Thompson’s throw broke the MSU school record and Florida State’s Mike Long Stadium records and also moved him into the No. 11 spot on the 2016 IAAF World list.

The Mississippi State web site’s track site does not list school records, so it’s not known what the previous school record was. MSU might be the only Division 1 school that doesn’t list track school records on its web site.

The only collegian ranked higher than Thompson is Greece’s Ioannis Kyriazis, who threw 268-7 at the Nike Clyde Littlefield meet in Austin last month. The college rankings are here.

Thompson opened up his record-setting day with a 234-6 and then heaved the 265-10 on his second throw. He added a 244-10 on his third throw, then passed his three throws in the finals.

The qualifying standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials is 252-7 with a field of 24, so Thompson virtually guaranteed himself a spot in the Trials, scheduled for July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore. The qualifying standard for the Games is 273-3, although if no Americans reach the standard, the Olympic Trials winner will head to Rio.

Working from a number of sources, I put together my best approximation of an all-time U.S. list in the javelin.

  • 299- 6 … Breaux Greer, Indianapolis, June 21, 2007
  • 292- 6 … Tom Petranoff, Potchefstroom, Jan. 3, 1991
  • 285- 9 … Tom Pukstys, Jena, May 28, 1968
  • 276- 2 … Mike Barnett, Santa Barbara, Calif., July 11, 1991
  • 275-10 … Tim Glover, Tennessee Relays, Knoxville, April 11, 2015
  • 275- 2 … Dave Stephens, Knoxville, May 3, 1991
  • 275- 2 … Chris Hill, Eugene, Ore., June, 25, 2009
  • 275- 0 … Roald Bradstock, Tucson, Ariz., May 2, 1987
  • 274- 9 … Leigh Smith Athens, Ga., May 9, 2008
  • 273-11 … Riley Dolezal, Des Moines, Iowa, June 23, 2013
  • 273- 4 … Sam Crouser, Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 25, 2012
  • 272-10 … Cyrus Hostetler, Pepsi Team, Eugene, Ore., April 4, 2009
  • 272- 9 … Sam Humphreys, Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 23, 2012
  • 272- 3 … Brian Crouser Corvallis, May 16, 1987
  • 272- 2 … Corey White, Texas Relays, Austin, April 4, 2009
  • 271- 5 … Duncan Atwood, San Jose, Calif., June 26, 1987
  • 271- 5 … Sean Furey, Lisle, Ill., June 9, 2012
  • 270- 5 … Ed Kaminski, Emporia, Kans., May 14, 1994
  • 270- 0 … Craig Kinsley, Lisle, Ill., June 9, 2012
  • 269- 8 … Mike Hazle, Doha, May 9, 2008,
  • 269- 5 … Todd Riech, Gateshead, Aug. 19, 1996
  • 265-10 … Curtis Thompson, Tallahassee, Fla., March 25, 2016
  • 265- 2 … Rob Curtis, Norwalk, Calif., June 14, 1990
  • 263-11 … Brian Chaput, Princeton, N.J., April 23, 2005
  • 263- 0 … Ty Sevin College Station, Texas, April 15, 2000
  • 263- 1 … Adam Montague, Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa, April 25, 2008

And here’s an all-time collegiate list, with every collegiate that’s ever thrown 265 feet. It  shows Thompson at No. 16 overall and No. 11 among American collegians. Those shown with an asterisk hit their PR outside the college season. If they had an in-season mark over 265 feet as well, it’s also listed.

292- 4 … Patrik Boden [Texas/Sweden], 1990
288- 4* … Matt Närhi [UTEP/Finland], 1999
279- 1* … Pål Arne Fagernes [Arizona State], 1996
275- 2* … Chris Hill [Georgia], 2009
273- 4* … Sam Crouser [Oregon], 2015
273- 3 … Tom Pukstys [Florida], 1990
273- 2 …… Narhi, 1999
272-10 … Cyrus Hosteler [Oregon], 2009
272- 9* … Sam Humphreys [Texas A&M], 2013
272- 2 … Corey White [USC], 2009
272- 1* … John Ampomah [Ghana/Middle Tennessee], 2015
271- 0 … Dag Wennlund [Sweden/Texas], 1987
268- 8 …… Humphreys, 2013
268- 7 … Ioannis Kyriazis [Greece/Texas A&M], 2016
268- 7 … Esko Mikkola [Finland/Arizona], 1998
268- 4 …… Hill [Georgia], 2009
267-11 … Leigh Smith [Tennessee], 2004
268- 0 … Tim Glover [Illinois State], 2012
265-10 … Curtis Thompson [Mississippi State], 2016

Thompson broke the South Jersey and New Jersey alumni record of 261-3, set by Holy Cross graduate and Tabernacle Township native Vince Labosky.

Labosky, a former U.S. national champion, threw 261-3 at the Mobile Outdoor Championships in in Norwalk, Calif., on June 15, 1990.

Thompson’s long-time rival, Chris Mirabelli of Rutgers, is ranked No. 18 among U.S. collegians at 236-2 from last weekend, also in Tallahassee (but a different meet than Thompson). The Holy Cross graduate and Lumberton native has a PR of 238-3.

Mirabelli, who beat Thompson to win the New Jersey Meet of Champions as a junior and placed second to him at the U.S. Junior Championships, also won the Pan Am World Junior Championships, which Thompson led after five throws.

 

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2 thoughts on “Curtis Thompson throws an absolute BOMB in the javelin and is now RANKED NO. 1 IN THE US!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR CURTIS THOMPSON ON!!!!!

  1. KT April 19, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    248′ 6″ was the all-time record set in 1984 for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Thanks for the great article.

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