LA CROSSE, Wis. – For Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Phil Cavaluchi (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) tomorrow will begin the final and furthest steps in their stellar outdoor track & field this season.
Cavaluchi has been working to earn a spot to the NCAA National Championships in the long jump since he stepped onto York's campus four years ago. Now after putting together a strong career, Cavaluchi will close things out by reaching his long time goal.
When it comes to finally reaching nationals, Cavaluchi is still in shock.
"It kind of feels surreal, " said Cavaluchi. "I don't think it will truly hit me until I'm on my first jump tomorrow."
Hartung enters into his second national meet this season. The junior finished in seventh place and took home All-American honors at the 2012 Cross Country National Championships. He now will take on the 10K on the track.
"It feels great to be here," said Hartung. "Especially after just missing out on making the cut last year for outdoors."
Heading into his race tomorrow evening, Hartung feels ready to go.
"Once you make it, it always feels good," said Hartung. "If you just go out and excute the way you have all year you will get what you want done."
Both Spartans have the same goals heading into tomorrows events and that is to come home All-Americans.
Cavaluchi couldn't be happier with his opportunity tomorrow.
"It feels like it's the perfect ending," said Cavaluchi.
Hartung will also be competing in the 5K later on in the week and although it will be a challenge, it is one that he is more than ready for.
"It is definitely going to be a tough one," said Hartung. "But I have battled through before and it should be a lot of fun."
The long jump is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm and the 10K is set to start at 7:05 pm.
For updates, check back to the Spartan Athletic site and YCPathletics on Twitter tomorrow evening.