Curtis Thompson extended his 2021 season javelin best to 258-11 at the Texas Relays in Austin on Wednesday.
The meet produced three of the top-15 marks in the world this year.
Anderson Peters of Grenada, the 2019 world champion and Thompson’s college teammate, won the event with a throw of 270-8, No. 5 in the world this year. American Michael Shuey was second at 265-9, No. 10 in the world, and Thompson, a Florence High graduate, placed third with the No. 15 mark on the IAAF 2021 list.
Shuey and Thompson are No. 1 and No. 2 Americans in the early going of the outdoor season.
This was only Thompson’s second competition in the last two years. His entire 2020 season was wiped out by the pandemic. Thompson opened with a 252-8 last week at the Falcon Classic in Montavallo, Ala.
Thompson had season bests of 249-1 in 2017, 249-4 in 2018 and 258-7 in 2019, so this is his biggest throw in five years, since his huge 2016 season when he won the NCAA title in Eugene for Mississippi State, set an Olympic Trials record before placing second at the Trials also in Eugene and threw over 260 feet four times, including his PR of 271-10 at the Trials.
Specifically, the 258-11 on Wednesday is his best throw since a 260-11 at the American JavFest in Stroudsburg, Pa., on July 30, 2016.