April 5, 2013

Hartung Shatters CAC 10,000 Meter Record at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – York College junior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) set a new Capital Athletic Conference men's outdoor track and field record in the 10,000-meter race on Friday night at the Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton University.

Hartung went to the race in an attempt to get a good national qualifying time. Not only did he run a great race in a time of 30:09.72, but he put himself into fourth place in the NCAA national rankings with his performance.

His time shatters the long-held CAC record of 30:47.87, which was established by Mary Washington's Jon Gates back in 1997. Hartung broke the 16-year old record by an amazing 38.15 seconds.

The time also breaks a York College record that is even older than the CAC mark. York College Athletic Hall of Famer Ken Sanders established the previous school record of 31:34.30 back in 1980, a record that has stood for 33 years. Hartung better the York College school record by a whooping 1:24.58.

Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca continues to be impressed by his impressive junior.

"Tim is truly a special athlete," said the Spartan mentor. "His ability to set difficult goals and achieve them is remarkable. I have never seen an athlete as dedicated to their sport like Tim. Accomplishments like tonight no longer come as a surprise, they are part of the process. The coaching staff is thrilled for him and excited to see what he wants to accomplish next."

The top 20 times at the end of the regular season earn a berth in the Division III National Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, May 23 through 25. Hartung's fourth place finish gives him an outstanding opportunity to make that late-May trip to Wisconsin.