EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - After finishing as the 2019 NCAA runner-up in the men’s javelin, Curtis Thompson launched a throw that would rank second among collegians this year at the American JavFest on Saturday night.
The Mississippi State senior finished third at the meet hosted by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. Current American national leader Michael Shuey, formerly of Penn State, won the event. Shuey was followed by Riley Dolezal, who claimed the USATF crown in 2015 and 2017.
Thompson’s mark of 78.82m (258-7) stands as a season best, and is his best throw in nearly three years. Following his 2016 NCAA Championship, he landed throws of 79.28m (260-1) at the NACAC U23 Championships in July and a personal-best 82.88m (271-11) at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June of that year.
JavFest has been held in each of the last five years and includes competition for every age and ability level along with teaching and educational opportunities. The meet is intended to be a stateside version of the great Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival in Finland, focusing exclusively on the discipline.
Thompson placed second at JavFest a year ago and won the 2016 event, giving him three podium finishes in his career. The Florence, New Jersey, native placed fifth in both 2015 and 2017.
The Bulldog senior now turns his attention to the USATF Championships where he’ll throw on July 27. Thompson is the reigning U.S. champion after winning last year’s meet with a mark of 75.99m (249-3).
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