Schalick graduate Chris Mesiano, now a Rowan senior, ran the No. 1 meter intermediate hurdles time in NCAA Division 3 Saturday, winning the 400IHs at the Danny Curran Invitational in Chester, Pa.
Mesiano ran 53.41, winning by more 2 1/2 seconds over Sean Stovall of host Widener.
Mesiano’s time is No. 1 in NCAA Division 3 based on the most recent rankings, although some times from Saturday may not be reflected yet in those rankings.
Mesiano’s previous season-best was a 54.09 last weekend at a meet in Orlando, Fla. The previous No. 1 time in the country was a 53.45 by Cwinn Febus of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, earlier this month at a meet in Charlotte, N.C.
Mesiano’s career-best is 52.89, which he ran last May at a meet at Swarthmore. He’s qualified for NCAA’s twice and earned All-America status as part of Rowan’s fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team at nationals in La Crosse, Wisc., last May.