South Jersey dominated the NCAA Division 1 East Preliminary javelin competition Friday in Jacksonville, with Florence graduate Curtis Thompson, Holy Cross graduate Chris Mirabelli and Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci all advancing to the finals next month in Jacksonville.
Three of the 12 qualifiers from the entire eastern half of the United States are South Jersey natives.
Thompson, the former U.S. and NCAA champion, placed third with a throw of 241-3 on his third and final attempt, behind teammates Anderson Peters (262-8) and Tyriq Horsford (PR 258-5).
Mirabelli finished ninth with a 219-5, also on his final attempt, and Antonucci took 11th with a 217-3 on his second throw.
The top 12 throwers advanced to the NCAA Championships in Austin June 5-8. The javelin final, which will also include the top 12 throwers from the West Prelims in Sacramento, is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on June 5.
Nick Mirabelli, a Texas A&M freshman out of Rancocas Valley and Chris Mirabelli’s younger brother, was getting ready to throw in the third and final flight in Sacramento. Both javelin competitions begin at noon, but since Sacramento is three hours behind Jacksonville it started three hours later.