Rutgers junior Chris Mirabelli got his 2017 season off to a terrific start with a javelin PR at the University of South Florida Invitational in Tampa.
Mirabelli, a Lumberton native and Holy Cross graduate, threw 241-7 on his final attempt of the day, breaking his PR of 240-3 1/2, set last May when he won the Big 10 Championships in Lincoln, Neb.
Mirabelli also had a throw of 238-2 1/2 at South Florida, giving him two of his four-longest career throws in his first meet of the spring. He also had a 238-10 at the Big East meet.
Last year, Mirabelli competed in the NCAA Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials. His 241-7 is third-best in NCAA Division 1 so far this spring, behind only Matti Mortimore of North Dakota State (253-1) and Michael Shuey of Penn State (247-2).
Mirabelli is also ranked No. 3 among all U.S. men, behind Shuey and Cyrus Hostetler (243-7). (Mortimore is British.)
Curtis Thompson of Mississippi State, Mirabelli’s rival since their days in the BCSL Patriot Division, is ranked No. 5 in Division 1 with a 238-0 in a meet in Jacksonville, Fla. Thompson has a PR of 271-11 from his second-place finish at the Olympic Trials.
Mirabelli was scheduled to throw this weekend in the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., but the javelin was cancelled due to bad weather.
Mirabelli is only about three feet off the Rutgers school record of 244-10 set 21 years ago by Chris Sagnella in a meet on Rutgers’ campus in Piscataway.
Mirabelli’s high school PR was 216-6 set at the 2014 South Jersey Invitational at Buena, where he beat Thompson by one inch. Thompson’s high school PR was 224-10 at the 2014 Meet of Champions in South Plainfield, where he and Mirabelli finished 1-2.