Florence’s Thompson bombs a SJ-record 214-7 javelin

22686134On the same field where Vince Labosky set the South Jersey record with the old javelin implement more than a quarter of a century ago, Florence junior Curtis Thompson set another South Jersey mark Saturday with the new implement.

Labosky, a Holy Cross senior from Tabernacle Township, bombed a 229-1 with the old javelin at the 1987 Hall of Fame Relays at Maple Shade. Labosky went on to become an All-America at Kansas and then was a USATF national champion in 1990.

Twenty-six years later, Thompson broke the South Jersey record with the new javelin, throwing 214-7 at the same meet.

Thompson’s throw in the season-opening meet at Maple Shade High School broke the South Jersey record of 201-0, set by another Freedom Division athlete – Sean Biehn at the 2006 Group 1 sectionals at Buena.

Thompson’s previous best throw was 188-9, which got him second at last year’s County Open — also at Maple Shade. He went on to win sectionals and place third at states.

Curiously, he was only the sixth South Jersey thrower at the Meet of Champions, 15th in 163-1, behind Tom Carr of Eastern (third at 187-11), Mirabelli (fourth at 185-1), Jake Prus of Woodstown (sixth at 174-2), Moorestown’s Jeremy Wilbur (ninth, 170-3) and Northern Burlington’s Matt Rafferty (12th, 167-10).

His throw is also No. 3 in state history, behind a 224-1 by Midland Park’s Kaleb Zuidema at the 2011 Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League meet at Glen Rock and a 217-9 by Delbarton’s Sean Sullivan at the 2011 New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

Here’s a list of every New Jersey athlete who’s thrown 200 feet with the new implement, which has now been in use for 12 years [since 2002].

  • 224-1 Kaleb Zuidema (Midland Park), 2011
  • 217-9 Dean Sullivan (Delbarton), 2011
  • 214-7 Curtis Thompson (Florence), 2013
  • 209-11 Stephen Burk (Parsippany), 2012
  • 209-5 Kevin Steimle (Mahwah), 2009
  • 209-0 Josh Suttmeier (North Hunterdon), 2010
  • 208-11 Kevin Sery (Hanover Park), 2011
  • 206-11 Erik Heymann (Westwood), 2005
  • 206-0 Brian Florek (Old Bridge), 2008
  • 205-11 Rob Scales (Middletown South), 2004
  • 204-3 Marion Easley (Somerville), 2005
  • 203-7 Jim Malizia (St. Joe’s), 2002
  • 202-6 Jim Tully (CBA), 2010
  • 202-6 Jeff Gingerelle (Wood-Ridge), 2008
  • 202-4 Brandon Heroux (Westfield), 2008
  • 202-2 Mark Paski (Delbarton), 2006
  • 201-6 Joe Martinek (Hopatcong), 2007
  • 201-5 Zachary Torrell (Lacey Twp.), 2011
  • 201-4 Will Gonzalez (Cedar Grove), 2010
  • 201-0 Sean Biehn (Burlington City), 2006
  • 200-3 Cody Unger (Jefferson Twp.), 2008
  • 200-2 Kyle Elliott (Cresskill), 2008

The Hall of Fame Relays competition Saturday featured two of the top three new-implement javelin throwers in South Jersey history. Chris Mirabelli of Holy Cross, who threw 196-11 to beat Thompson at last year’s County Open, threw 182-5.

Thompson teamed with Aaron Salaga to win the Freedom Division javelin relay. Thompson and Salaga went 1-2 at the Central Jersey Group 1 sectional meet in Hillsborough last year, Thompson with a 179-3 and Salaga with a 159-4. Thompson placed second at sectionals as a freshman.

Salaga’s older brother, Chris, is a former sectional champ in the javelin. Chris won the 2008 Central Jersey Group 1 title with a 165-3 throw.

Florence has a terrific javelin history. Other than Thompson and Salaga, Mike Pley (1978), Ken Holmes (1985), Steve Muchowski (1986, 1987), Neil Mobley (1992), Aaron Bordas (1996) and Ryan Pallas (2001) have all won sectional titles.

For those of you who keep track of these things, Thompson’s throw was the best by a South Jersey thrower with any javelin in 18 years, since Bridgeton’s legendary Royce Reed threw 218-3 in 1995 with the old implement.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey list — all 19 throwers over 185 feet since the new implement went into use in 2002:

  • 214-7 Curtis Thompson (Florence), 2013
  • 201-0 Sean Biehn (Burlington City), 2006
  • 196-11 Chris Mirabelli (Holy Cross), 2012
  • 192-6 Chris Reider (Eastern), 2010
  • 192-6 Matt Rafferty (Northern Burlington), 2012
  • 191-5 Andrew Pierce (Cumberland Regional), 2009
  • 190-0 Andrew Forbes (Williamstown), 2011
  • 189-11 Tom Carr (Eastern), 2012
  • 189-8 Alex Christ (Gloucester Catholic), 2010
  • 189-4 John Zimmatore (Bishop Eustace), 2007
  • 189-4 Craig Scarpa (Vineland), 2003
  • 189-1 Ian Meneswisch (Highland), 2003
  • 188-3 Felix Roman (Pennsauken), 2007
  • 188-2 Edward Evans (Timber Creek), 2008
  • 187-11 Jose Ramos (Vineland), 2008
  • 187-11 Javier Garcia (Pleasantville), 2009
  • 187-6 Dan Frame (Triton), 2002
  • 186-11 Brian Owens (Woodstown), 2008
  • 185-3 Kevin Mosely (Glassboro), 2003
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