Mirabelli throws N.J. #1 in javelin with big PR … And this is not a post from 2014

Nick Mirabelli, little brother of 2013 Meet of Champion javelin winner Chris Mirabelli, moved into the No. 1 spot in New Jersey Saturday with a personal-best 198-0 at the Moorestown Invitational.

Mirabelli shattered his personal-best by more than 20 feet. His previous PR was a 176-11, good for third at last year’s state Group 4 meet, where he finished behind teammate Robert Marks (183-10) and Michael Sangimino of South Brunswick (183-7).

Chris Mirabelli, now a sophomore at Rutgers, threw for Holy Cross.

R.V. has a rich history of javelin throwers, going back to Drew Forbes, who threw 221-7 with the old javelin in 1978, and Jason Cowden, who won the 1999 Meet of Champions.

Mirabelli now joins his older brother on the all-time South Jersey list, which includes only marks made with the new javelin that’s been in use since 2002. Chris is No. 2 behind long-time rival Curtis Thompson, and Nick is already up to No. 6. Here’s the current 190-foot club:

224-10 … Curtis Thompson (Florence), 2014
216- 6 … Chris Mirabelli (Holy Cross), 2014
203- 6 … Stephen Benigno (Cherry Hill East), 2014
201- 0 … Sean Biehn (Burlington City), 2006
200- 8 … Cade Antonucci (Holy Spirit), 2016
198-0 … Nick Mirabelli (Rancocas Valley), 2017
196-9 … Terrance Smith (Oakcrest), 2006
192- 6 … Matt Rafferty (Northern Burlington), 2012
192- 6 … Christopher Reider (Eastern), 2010
192- 3 … Shane McDevitt (Cinnaminson), 2014
191-6 … Robert Marks (Rancocas Valley), 2016
191- 5 … Andrew Pierce (Cumberland Reg.), 2009
190- 0 … Andrew Forbes (Williamstown), 2011

Interesting that seven of the top 11 are from Burlington County, with two from Camden County and two from Atlantic County.

State-wide, 24 throwers have surpassed 200 feet since the new implement went into effect 15 years ago. And Mirabelli is within two feet of becoming No. 25.

Team-wise, mighty Rancocas Valley easily won the team title, nearly doubling up second-place Toms River, 124-63.




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