YORK, PA – York College senior distance runner Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) added to his substantial post-season accolades collection on Wednesday as he was named the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Co-Athlete of the Year award as announced by the conference office.
Hartung shared the award with Salisbury's standout sophomore Luke Campbell. It is the fifth time Hartung has earned Runner of the Year award in the CAC. Hartung won the honors in cross country in 2012 and 2013, the 2012 and 2014 indoor track & field award and the 2013 outdoor honor.
At last Saturday's championship meet at Christopher Newport University, Hartung won the 5,000-meter race, the 3,000-meter race and was the anchor on the winning Distance Medley Relay squad for a trio of first-team All-CAC finishes.
Hartung opened his day by winning this third straight 5,000-meter CAC crown as he beat teammate Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) by just under a second at 15:41.90. Hartung then earned the win in the 3,000 with a time of 8:50.24, edging Salisbury's George Martinez by over a second for the victory. It was the first time the 3,000 had been run at the CAC Indoor championship meet.
Hartung then had a very short break before getting back on the track and helping the Spartans win the distance medley relay team. Hartung anchored the foursome of Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), Okera Beidleman (Germantown, Md./Northwest), and James Gonzales (Baltimore, Md./Dundalk) as they combined to post a time of 10:34.69. That time was almost ten seconds in front of the foursome from Christopher Newport as the Captains finished in second with a time of 10:44.49. The time set a new York College school record for the DMR.
Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco was impressed with the performance of his senior standout.
"Tim has had a great season so far, setting PRs in the 5k and 3k, as well as being currently ranked in the top 25 in each of those events. He went into conferences knowing that he could win the 5k and 3k, but coming back with the DMR, which was the next event after the 3k, was going to be tough. We handed off about three second out of first and Tim made up the distance and was able to run his third solid race of the day," said LoBianco. "With a day of 9600 meters of racing, no other athletes races add up to that length. The DMR also set a new school record and Tim is the owner of the CAC indoor & meet records in the 5k and 3k. Overall, I am very happy with where Tim's training is taking him and realize he deserves this award for all of the hard work and dedication he has shown."
Hartung now turns his attention to the national championship meet hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. The championships will be held on March 14 and 15. The bids for the national championship meet will be announced on Saturday, March 8.