SJ natives Thompson, Mirabelli, both among the top U.S. javelin throwers, set to renew long-running rivalry!!!!!

It’s one of the most remarkable rivalries in New Jersey track history.

Two kids from high schools 10 miles apart along Rte. 130 who both entered high school in the fall of 2010, battled against each other until they were seniors, became two of the top scholastic javelin throwers in the country, went 1-2 at the U.S. junior nationals, finished among the top three at the Pan-Am Junior Nationals, then continued their rivalry in college, where they have both reached NCAAs the last two years, both competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials last year and both finished among the top three two weeks ago in the NCAA.

Incredible!

Curtis Thompson and Chris Mirabelli are two of the top American javelin throwers, and they will be on the same runway on Wednesday for the 29th time … approximately.

Thompson, now a junior at Mississippi State, and Mirabelli, now a junior at Rutgers, compete in the NCAA javelin championships Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Thompson is defending champ, although Mirabelli has the superior throw this spring.

We put together as complete a list as possible of all the meets they’ve competed at together over the years, although it doesn’t include dual meets, since nobody keeps records of dual meets. But since Florence and Holy Cross are in different divisions, they may not have ever competed against each other in dual meets.

Anyway, it’s been a riveting rivalry to follow for seven years now, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

For the record, Thompson appears to have a 15-13 lead in the first 28 meetings, which includes meets that both were present at but competing in different divisions.

Who’s turn is it today? We’ll find out soon!

June 3, 2011 [state championships, Old Bridge]*
Thompson 3rd [168-4] (Group 1)
Mirabelli 13th [138-10] (Non-Public A)

April 28, 2012 [Penn Relays Franklin Field]
Mirabelli, 7th [183-7]
Thompson, 12th [175-7]

May 12, 2012 [BCSL, Northern Burlington]
Mirabelli, 1st [180-7] (Patriot Division)
Thompson, 1st [172-7] (Freedom Division)

May 19, 2012 [Burlington County Open, Maple Shade]
Mirabelli, 1st [196-11]
Thompson, 2nd [188-9]

May 26, 2012 [sectionals, Egg Harbor]*
Mirabelli, 2nd [192-2], Non-Public A
Thompson, 1st [179-3], Group 1

June 1, 2012 [states, Egg Harbor]*
Mirabelli, 2nd [192-2], Non-Public A
Thompson, 3rd [182-5], Group 1

June 11, 2012 [Meet of Champions, Old Bridge]
Mirabelli, 4th [185-2]
Thompson, 15th [163-1]

April 5, 2013 [Hall of Fame Relays Small School Division, Maple Shade]
Thompson, 1st [214-7]**
Mirabelli, 2nd [182-5]***

May 11, 2013 [BCSL, Northern Burlington]*
Mirabelli, 1st [201-7] (Patriot Division)
Thompson, 1st [183-8] (Freedom Division)

May 18, 2012 [Burlington County Open, Maple Shade]
Mirabelli, 1st [211-10]
Thompson, 3rd [184-6]

June 4, 2013 [Meet of Champions, South Plainfield]
Mirabelli, 2nd [211-7]
Thompson, 4th [186-7]

June 15, 2013 [New Balance Nationals, Greensboro, N.C.]
Thompson, 3rd [203-5]
Mirabelli, 5th [201-0]

April 5, 2014 [Hall of Fame Relays Small School Division, Maple Shade]
Chris Mirabelli, 1st [191-3]
Curtis Thompson, 2nd [186-3]

April 26, 2014 [Penn Relays]
Curtis Thompson, 2nd [220-5]
Chris Mirabelli, 3rd [207-7]

May 1, 2014 [South Jersey Invitational]
Chris Mirabelli, 1st [216-6]
Curtis Thompson, 2nd [216-5]

May 10, 2014 [Burlington County Scholastic League, Northern Burlington]*
Curtis Thompson, 1st [207-4]
Chris Mirabelli, 1st [205-0]

May 17, 2014 [Burlington County Open, Maple Shade]
Curtis Thompson, 1st [222-8]
Chris Mirabelli, 2nd [214-11]

June 4, 2014 [Meet of Champions, South Plainfield]
Curtis Thompson, 1st [224-10]
Chris Mirabelli, 2nd [211-17]

June 14, 2014 [New Balance Nationals, Greensboro, N.C.]
Curtis Thompson, 3rd [206-6]
Chris Mirabelli, 5th [204-5]

May 29, 2015 [NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary, Jacksonville, Fla.]
Curtis Thompson, 10th [225-6]
Chris Mirabelli, 11th [223-2]

June 12, 2015 [NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore.]
Curtis Thompson, 3rd [247-5]
Chris Mirabelli, 19th [215-10]

June 27, 2015 [USATF Junior Nationals, Eugene, Ore.]
Curtis Thompson, 1st [237-4]
Chris Mirabelli, 2nd [225-5]

Aug. 2, 2015 [Pan-American Junior Championships, Edmonton, Alberta]
Chris Mirabelli, 1st [238-3]
Curtis Thompson, 3rd [233-3]

May 28, 2016 [NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary, Jacksonville, Fla.]
Curtis Thompson, 7th [228-4]
Chris Mirabelli, 9th [226-3]

June 11, 2016 [NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore.]
Curtis Thompson, 1st [254-9]
Chris Mirabelli, 17th [229-4]

July 4, 2016 [U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore.]
Curtis Thompson, 2nd [271-11]
Chris Mirabelli, 14th [224-4]

May 27, 2017 [NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary, Lexington, Ky.]
Curtis Thompson, 2nd [240-2]
Chris Mirabelli, 3rd [227-0]

* – Same meet, different divisions

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