Curtis Thompson's two Meet of Champions javelin medals hang next to each other in his room.
The Florence senior earned his first last year when he finished fourth. This year, Thompson took home a first-place medal after setting a state record of 224 feet, 10 inches at the Meet of Champs.
When he looks at the two medals, he just thinks "progress."
Thompson, The Inquirer's 2014 South Jersey boys' track and field athlete of the year, had the longest throw in the country for the second straight year, but this year's accomplishment was different.
When Thompson threw 214-7 at the Hall of Fame Relays last year, it was the first time he topped 190 feet. After that throw, the Mississippi State recruit had to deal with increased expectations.