Curtis Thompson popped his best javelin throw in three years over the weekend at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Thompson, who won the NCAA title and broke the U.S. Olympic Trials record in 2016 and won the USATF title last year, threw 258-2, placing second to world No. 3 Anderson Peters, his Mississippi State teammate, who threw 265-1.
It was his best throw since his final meet of 2016, when he threw 260-1 to win the NACAC Under-23 Championships at Jorge “El Magico” Gonzalez National Stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, on July 16, 2016.
Thompson’s PR is 271-11 at the Olympic Trials prior to the meet in El Salvador.
Thompson, a graduate of Florence High School, is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA, behind only Peters, the national record holder of Grenada, and No. 2 among U.S. men, behind only Michael Shuey, who threw 80.25 meters in a meet in Austin in March. Thompson is ranked No. 24 in the world, according to the IAAF web site.
Thompson had a very strong series. He opened with a 242-0 and 237-0 before throwing 252-6, 249-5, 252-0 and 258-2 on his last four throws.
Four of the top 12 throwers in NCAA Division 1 hail from South Jersey:
Thompson is No. 2, Cade Antonucci of Holy Spirit and Auburn is No. 9 (237-5), Chris Mirabelli from Holy Cross and Rutgers is No. 11 (237-2) and younger brother Nick Mirabelli from Rancocas Valley and Texas A&M is No. 12 (236-6).