Curtis Thompson popped a 254-5 Friday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, his best throw in two years.
Thompson placed second among collegians, behind teammate and Grenadian national record holder Anderson Peters, who threw 282-4, the No. 1 throw in the world this year and No. 3 in NCAA history. Michael Shuey, a pro, was second overall with a 263-3.
Thompson opened with throws of 232-4, 227-0 and 237-3 in the trials before the 254-4, a foul and a closing 246-9.
It was his best throw since July 16, 2016, when he threw 260-1 at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador. Earlier that summer Thompson placed second in the Olympic Trials with a PR 271-11.
Thompson’s throw is No. 22 in the world this year, according to the IAAF’s world rankings. Shuey and Thompson are ranked No. 1 and 2 among Americans.
Rancocas Valley graduate Nick Mirabelli, a freshman at Texas A&M, placed fifth in Austin with a personal-best 236-6. He had thrown a personal-best 234-2 last earlier this month at a meet in Tempe, Ariz.
Mirabelli is the No. 1 freshman in the country and the only freshman who’s hit 230 feet so far.
At R.V., Mirabelli set a state record of 227-10 with the new implement, so he’s already added nine feet to his PR.
Mirabelli’s older brother Chris, a Holy Cross graduate, threw 218-4 this weekend, placing second at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Tallahassee, Fla. He does have a 237-4 to his credit this spring.
Thompson and the Mirabelli’s give South Jersey — and Burlington County specifically – three of the top 10 U.S. javelin throwers so far this spring.
Another South Jersey javelin thrower, Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci, won the Ole Miss Classic Saturday morning in Oxford, Miss., with a 206-3. He’s thrown 217-7 this spring.