Florence grad Curtis Thompson makes it 4-for-4 in All-America honors with 2nd place at NCAA Championships!!!!! Chris Mirabelli takes 9th!!!

D8Vsc4JU0AAhSZ3.jpg-largeIn his final collegiate meet, Florence graduate Curtis Thompson placed second in the javelin at the NCAA Championships, finishing behind only teammate Anderson Peters, the Grenadan national champion.

It made him 4-for-4 in first-team All-America (top-8) finishes in his brilliant collegiate career.

Competing at the NCAA Division 1 championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, Thompson threw 257-3, less than a foot off his season-best 258-2, which he threw at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., in April.

Peters won with a 284-2 throw, a personal-best and meet record, and freshman Tyriq Horsford threw 248-0 to give Mississippi State a 1-2-3 sweep.

It was the first javelin sweep in NCAA Division 1 in 55 years, since Oregon swept the 1964 meet at its home track at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with Les Tipton (249-10), Gary Reddaway (246-1) and Ron Gomez (232-8) taking the top three spots in what was then called the NCAA university division.

Thompson opened with the 257-3 and threw 238-8, 235-7 and 236-6 on his three other legal throws.

Peters had the three-best throws of the competition, broke his own meet record set last year and improved his own No. 3 mark in college track history.

Thompson was third in NCAAs as a freshman in the spring of 2015. He won NCAAs and was second in the Olympic Trials with his PR 271-11 in 2016 and placed seventh at 2017 NCAAs.

Rutgers senior Chris Mirabelli, a Holy Cross graduate, earned second-team All-America status with a ninth-place finish. His best throw was a 228-8 on his second throw. He’s been a first- or second-team All-America four times.

Mirabelli, who also sat out the 2018 season, has a PR of 251-6 from the 2017 Penn Relays and a season best of 235-8 this year when he won his third Big Ten title. His best NCAA finish was an eighth place in 2017 at 235-2.

Holy Spirit graduate Cade Antonucci, a sophomore at Auburn, placed 21st with a throw of 209-7. He had a best throw of 237-5 this year.

Thompson, Antonucci (237-5), R.V. grad Chris Mirabelli (236-6) and Nick Mirabelli are ranked No. 2, 16, 17 and 18 among all U.S. men this spring.


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