On the last throw of the competition, Curtis Thompson bombed his biggest javelin throw in three years Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Thompson, a Florence High School graduate, threw 258-7 on his final throw at the fifth annual ’s American JavFest at East Stroudsburg South, Pa., his best throw since his final meet of 2016, when he threw 260-11 at the same meet.
In 2016, Thompson had a huge year, winning NCAA’s for Mississippi State and setting a U.S. Olympic Trials record of 271-8 before placing second at the Trials. He closed the season at the Stroudsburg JavFest, which that year was in late July, after the Trials.
This year it’s a warmup for U.S. Nationals, and Thompson placed third behind two other top Americans – Michael Shuey, who threw 262-4 and Riley Dolezal, who threw 260-1.
Shuey, Dolezal and Thompson rank 1-2-3 in the U.S., Shuey with a 263-3 in Austin in March, Dolezal with his 260-1 and Thompson with his 258-7.
Thompson’s best previous throw this year was a 258-2 at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., in April.
On Saturday, Thompson opened with throws of 251-6, 246-10, 244-7, 247-9 and 244-7 before hitting his 258-7.
Brothers Chris and Nick Mirabelli placed seventh and ninth, Chris with a 235-10 and Nick at 225-7.
Chris Mirabelli recently finished his senior year at Rutgers, where he was the Big 10 champion and the 2017 Penn Relays champ. He has a PR of 251-6 from the 2017 Penn Relays. His throw Saturday is just off his season best of 237-2 that he threw at the South Florida Bulls Invite in Tampa in March.
Nick Mirabelli, who just finished his freshman year at Texas A&M, had a best throw this year of 236-6 at the Texas Relays in Austin in March. He was the No. 5 freshman in the U.S. this year
All three South Jersey throwers are ranked among the top-20 Americans, as is Holy Spirit’s Cade Antonucci, the Penn Relays champ for Auburn, who didn’t throw this weekend at East Stroudsburg.