Messana Moves Into Third In Sagehen History In 800 Meters

Messana Moves Into Third In Sagehen History In 800 Meters

Claremont, Calif. - Paul Messana (pictured) finished second out of 138 competitors in the 800 meters with the third-fastest time in Pomona-Pitzer history, highlighting the Men's Track and Field team's performance at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.

Ben Girodias also earned a second-place finish as well for the Sagehens in the 5000, moving into 10th all time in that event.

Messana won his heat easily and placed second overall with a 1:51.35, trailing only Hamish Carson, a 25-year old national champion from New Zealand who ran in the open division. Messana's time trails only Will Leer (1:49.37), who has since moved on to become a USA Track and Field national champion in the 1500 meters, and Fred Studier, who ran a 1:50.93 in 1985.

Girodias led three Sagehens in the top 10, as he ran a strong race with a 14:53.46, trailing only Joshua Gomez of Concordia (Irvine) from the NAIA, who ran a 14:48.01. Girodias was 14 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher, Tanner Long of La Verne (15:14.40). John Fowler was fifth in the event for the Sagehens, while Steven Ory placed tenth.

Titus Van Hook had another strong showing in the sprints for Pomona-Pitzer, finishing 18th of 96 with an 11.05 in the 100, and ninth out of 90 with a 22.15 in the 200. Greg Hook ran a 49.13 in the 400 to place 11th out of 75, while Parker Head was ninth in the steeplechase with a 10:00.19.

Chris Garnatz highlighted the field events with a 162-6 in the javelin, placing him 16th of 49. The 4x400 relay team of Avi Sheldon, Matt Sloane, Hook and Brian Cohn was fourth with a 3:22.49.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action in two weeks for the SCIAC Championships.