Development: Thompson's maturity shows for MSU track squad

Curtis Thompson
Staff Writer

For a solid year, Curtis Thompson felt like he could be a national champion.
The Mississippi State sophomore went out and proved it recently.
As part of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 8, Thompson claimed the national title in the javelin. Just one year after coming close to the crown, Thompson wasn’t leaving empty-handed this time.
“After nationals (last year), it really clicked in my head that I could win a national championship,” Thompson said. “Once that clicked, there was really nothing that was going to stop me. I was just determined to keep working hard for it.
“It’s something that I’ve worked for throughout this whole year. I know from last year’s experience, that helped a lot for this year. To be able to be there last year as a freshman and actually place third, it’s good to actually win it this year. I worked very hard.”
For more on Thompson's development, see Monday's Starkville Daily News.