RV senior Nick Mirabelli wins Meet of Champions javelin by 32 FEET, shatters state record, moves into No. 13 spot on all-time U.S. list!!!!!

Nick Mirabelli won his first Meet of Champions javelin title Saturday, and he did it in record-setting fashion, breaking the state record set by his older brother’s long-time rival.

Mirabelli, a senior at Rancocas Valley, sent the javelin flying 227 feet, 10 inches Saturday to win the javelin at the 40th annual Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington.

Mirabelli broke the Burlington County Scholastic League, Burlington County, South Jersey and state records of 224-10 set by Florence’s Curtis Thompson  when he won the 2014 Meet of Champions.

His previous PR was 220-10 back in late March at the Rebel Relays at Howell High School.

Mirabelli ranks No. 2 in the U.S. according to the MileSplit database behind only Tzuriel Pedigo of Parkview Baptist of Baton Rouge, who won the Penn Relays with a 238-6.

It appears his mark is No. 16 in U.S. scholastic history with the new javelin implement, which went into general use in 2002.

Thompson and Chris Mirabelli, Nick’s older brother, have competed against each other in high school (Chris went to Holy Cross), college and all the way up to the Olympic Trials. Here’s a story on their long-running rivalry: https://sjtrackblog.com/2017/06/07/sj-natives-thompson-mirabelli-both-among-the-top-u-s-javelin-throwers-set-to-renew-long-running-rivalry/

On Saturday, Nick Mirabelli had the five-best throws of the competition. He opened up with a toe foul on a throw that may have surpassed 230 feet.

He followed that with throws of 205-7 and 216-11 in the trials before setting the state record of 227-10 on his fourth attempt. He finished with throws of 220-5 and 224-10, giving him an average of 219-1 on his five legal throws.

Mirabelli is Rancocas Valley’s first individual champion at the Meet of Champions in 37 years, since Dan Morris won the 400-meter intermediates in 1991.

R.V.’s other M-of-C winners are high hurdler Al Rich in 1969 [15.0 for the 120-yard highs] and half-miler Greg Honsby in 1974 [1:54.7 for 880 yards], Dan Morris in the intermediate hurdles [53.48 in 1991] and Sterling Pierce in the 200 in 2015 [21.79]. R.V. also won the 400-meter relay in 2015 in 42.03.

ALL-TIME New Jersey JAVELIN LIST
227-10 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley], 2017
224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence], 2014
224- 1 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park], 2010
220-11 … Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], 2017
217- 9 … Dean Sullivan [Delbarton], 2011
216- 6 … Chris Mirabelli [Holy Cross], 2014
212-2 … Alexander Georgiou [Timber Creek], 2017
209-11 … Stephen Burk [Parsippany], 2012
209- 5 … Kevin Steimle [Mahwah], 2009
209-4 … Steven Jernee [Ocean City], 2017
209- 0 … Josh Suttmeier [North Hunterdon], 2010
208-11 … Kevin Seery [Hanover Park], 2011
207- 7 … Seth Zuidema [Midland Park], 2014
206- 1 … Mike Brazil [North Arlington], 2014
205-11 … Robert Scales [Middletown South], 2002
204- 3 … Marion Easley [Somerville], 2005
203- 7 … James Malizia [St. Joe’s-Montvale], 2002
203- 6 … Stephen Benigno [Cherry Hill East], 2014
202-10 … Chandler Balter [Livingston], 2014
202- 9 … Brian Florek [Old Bridge], 2007
202- 6 … Jim Tully [Christian Brothers Academy], 2010
202- 0 … Steven Pierce [Ridgewood], 2006
201- 8 … Dajon Chappell [Morris Hills], 2017
201- 5 … Zachary Torrell [Lacey Twp.], 2011
201- 4 … Will Gonzalez [Cedar Grove], 2010
201- 0 … Sean Biehn [Burlington City], 2006
200- 3 … Cody Unger [Jefferson Twp.], 2008

I put together my best approximation of an all-time U.S. list with the new javelin, which went into use in 2002 in New Jersey. There are some questions about which javelin was in use by various athletes just before and after 2002 and perhaps the new implement went into use a little earlier or later in other states.

ALL-TIME U.S. HIGH SCHOOL NEW JAVELIN LIST
255-4 … Sam Crouser [Gresham, Ore.], 2010
253-0 … Sean Keller [Heritage, Vancouver, Wash.], 2012
246-9 … Billy Stanley [South Park, Pa.], 2012
241-9 … Shawn Burks [Central, Baton Rouge, La.]
238-7 … Tzuriel Pedigo [Parkview, Baton Rouge, La.], 2018
238-4 … Johann Swanepoel [Shawnee Mission South, Kansas], 2010
238-2 … Liam Christensen [Academic Magnet, North Charleston, S.C.], 2016
235-3 … Justin Shirk [Central Dauphin, Harrisburg, Pa.], 2009
232-9 … Brian Kollar [Virginia Beach, Va.], 1998
231-5 … Matthew Maloney [LaSalle, Providence, R.I.], 2005
229-5 … Derek Eager [Tacoma, Wash] 2010
229-1 … Ryan Sherwood [Erie, Pa.], 2002
227-10 … Nick Mirabelli [Rancocas Valley, Mount Holly, N.J,], 2018
227-9 … Bronislaw Korda [Garden City, Kans.], 2003
227-3 … Sean Furey [Methuen, Mass.], 2000
227-3 … Chris Ahlgrim [Los Lunas, N.M.], 2001
226-2 … Jeff Ast [Andale, Kans.], 2015
225-10 … Dennis Rice [Hillsboro Glencoe, Ore.], 2001
224-10 … Curtis Thompson [Florence, N.J.], 2014
224-3 … Macauley Garton [Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission, Kans.] 2011
224-3 … Ian Trimble [Shawnee Heights, Tecumseh, Kans.], 2007
224-2 … Thomas Jordan [Cedar Crest, Pa.], 2003
224-1 … Kaleb Zuidema [Midland Park, N.J.], 2010

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