LINCOLN, NEB. – York College senior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) earned a fantastic third place finish in the 5,000 meter race at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday evening.
Hartung concluded the race with a time of 14:21.09 as he was less than seconds out of second place. North Central's John Crain had an impressive race as the senior cruised to the national championship with a time of 14:06.73. Dickinson's Ryan Steinbock edged Hartung for second with a time of 14:19.30. Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Sean Kutz finished fourth while Wisconsin-Stout's Patrick Jenkins placed fifth.
Hartung started the race hanging out in sixth place over the first eight minutes of the race. He was a part of a group of four that pulled away from the pack with about four minutes left in the race.
Crain and Hartung then started to pull away from the group of four until Crain turned on the jets and dashed away from the Spartan senior with about two minutes remaining. Hartung got caught at the end by Steinbock but was able to hang on to the third place finish.
Head caoch Stephen LoBianco was pleased with the effort of his outstanding senior.
"For us, we were all about going after the win in the race," said LoBianco. "After the first two miles played perfectly into our hands. With four laps left it was a two person race. The other runner was able to break away from Tim with three laps left and Tim started to fall off the pace. With one lap to go it was all about pushing through the finish line and maintaining. Tim was able to come away with a third place at his first indoor track and field championships and we are very excited for a top three effort!"
Hartung is now a four-time All-American as he earned the honors as a 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country All-American and also as a 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field honoree. Hartung entered the race as the top seed with a qualifying time of 14:13.02.
Hartung is a five-time Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hartung will come back on Saturday to compete in the 3,000 meters. That race will be held at 5:25 eastern time.