Paul Messana
Paul Messana
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
High School: South Pasadena
Position: Distance-MD
Major: Organizational Studies
College: Pitzer

At Pomona-Pitzer: Enters his senior season as a Track and Field team...Ranks second in school history in the 800 meters (1:49.86, behind only Sagehen great and USA Track and Field member Will Leer), sixth in the 1500 (3:56.11) and ninth in the mile (4:19.16)...Also a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country team.

2016-17 (Track): All-West Region...All-SCIAC.

2015-16 (Track): All-West Region...SCIAC Champion (800 meters)...SCIAC All-Academic team.

2014-15 (Track): SCIAC All-Academic team...USTFCCCA All-Academic selection...Finished in fifth place at the SCIAC Championships in the 800 meters...Had a top time of 1:52.30 on the year...Came in first in the 800 at a home SCIAC Quad meet with a 1:53.39, edging out the second-place finisher by .27...Was fourth out of 77 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational with a season-best 1:52.30...Ran in the one-mile event at the Collegiate All-Comers and moved into eighth place in school history with a time of 4:19.16.

2014-15: (cross country): Was an alternate for the Sagehens at NCAA Regionals and Nationals...Earned a ninth-place finish at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational with a 25:41.9.

2013-14 (Track): All-American (800 meters)...SCIAC Champion (800 meters)...SCIAC Newcomer of the Year...Earned All-America honors in the 800 meters by qualifying for the finals with a time of 50.92, moving him into second place in program history behind only current USA National Team runner Will Leer...Finished in eighth place at nationals after coming in seeded 15th...Won the SCIAC title with a time of 1:52.13 (winning by .73)...Came in second out of over 100 competitors at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, behind only a 25-year old national team member of New Zealand running in the open race, earning an NCAA qualifying time of 1:51.35.

2013-14 (cross country): Was in Pomona-Pitzer's top 10 all season...Served as an alternate for the NCAA Regionals and Nationals...Finished 42nd out of 139 at the 2013 SCIAC Championships with a time of 27:55.80.

High School: Attended South Pasadena High School, where he was a member of the track and cross country teams…Was an all-area (San Gabriel Valley) selection as a junior and senior in both cross country and track…Has a three-mile personal best of 15:09…Earned a Rio Hondo League championship in cross country in 2012…Was a CIF Champion (SS D3) in the 800 meters in the 2013 track season…Holds the school record in the 800 with a 1:54.84.

Personal: Attends Pitzer College, where he majors in organizational studies…Father, Mark, was a star track athlete at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where he was a 10-time All-American and still holds school records in the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 4x400 relay…Lists traveling as a hobby.