Rowan intermediate hurdlers Chris Mesiano and Anthony Salemo are in midyear form.
Mesiano, a junior from Schalick, ran 53.02 and Salemo, a senior from Ramsey, clocked 53.04 over the weekend at the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener’s track in Chester, Pa.
They were the only runners to break 56 seconds in the meet, and Mesiano’s margin of victory over his teammate and the defending NCAA Division 3 champion was about six inches.
Mesiano’s time was only 13-100ths off his PR of 52.89, set last May at a meet at Swarthmore. Salemo’s PR is 51.06 , set last May when he won the national title at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
Mesiano and Salemo now rank fourth and fifth in NCAA Division 3.
Mesiano and Salemo also ran on the first-place 1,600-meter relay team along with senior Jamil Jackson of Highland and freshman Justin Bishop of Mainland Regional. Their 3:17.43 is the fastest in NCAA Division 3 this year.
Rowan, ranked No. 2 nationally by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, won the team title at the Danny Curran Invitational by a 194-128 score over Cortland State of New York.