Thompson takes national title

Mississippi State's Curtis Thompson throws on his way to winning the javelin event at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Mississippi State’s Curtis Thompson throws on his way to winning the javelin event at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

No one was smiling bigger late Wednesday night at historic Hayward Field than Curtis Thompson.

And rightfully so. In just his second year at Mississippi State, the sophomore from Florence, N.J., made school history by winning the javelin on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, one year after placing third as a freshman.

After advancing to the finals with a throw of 240-11, he delivered the knockout blow at 254-9 to secure his place in Bulldog lore.

And now, Thompson holds the distinction of being a two-time All-American.

“What a feeling,” said Thompson, who place third at the SECs and seventh at the NCAA East Prelims. “All the hard work has paid off. This is why you compete, to be an NCAA champion. That can never be taken away.”

To earn the title, Thompson held off Ionnis Kyriazis of Texas A&M (253-5) and John Ampomah of Middle Tennessee State (250-9).

“I couldn’t be more proud,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “What an awesome performance. He’s worked so hard to get to this point, and he’s only a sophomore.”

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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