Rutgers junior Chris Mirabelli completed his most successful collegiate campaign as an First Team All-American after finishing in 8th place in the Javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last night in Eugene, Oregon. Mirabelli qualified for this event two weeks ago after finishing third at the East Regional. He improved on his performance at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, when he earned Honorable Mention All-American status.
It wasn’t one of Mirabelli’s best performances of the season last night at legendary Hayward Field, but it was good enough to advance to the finals and finish in the top eight out of twenty four competitors in the championship field. His best throw of the event was 71.68m. It fell well short of his best performances of the season, in which he set a career best and school record of 76.67m at the Penn Relays in April. Earning First Team All-American status cemented Mirabelli as one of the top Javelin athletes in the country and was a deserved finish to a tremendous season.
Mirabelli won his second consecutive Big Ten Javelin outdoor title in May at the conference championship meet held at Penn State. His throw of 75.17m just missed the all-time conference championship record held by Ohio State’s Bill Stanley of 75.23m. He was also the lone Rutgers track & field athlete to make the Big Ten’s First Team for the outdoor season, which was the second time for him in his career.
Congratulations to Chris Mirabelli on becoming an All-American and it should be exciting to see what he can accomplish in his last season on the banks next year.