LINCOLN, NE- Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) completed his 2014 NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field National Championships with a second appearance, in as many races, on the podium with All-American honors. Tim was able to take 8th place in the 3,000 meter run in a time of 8:22.12.
In a race that featured six runners that competed the day before in the 5,000-meter race, Hartung was prepared to run his best. Hartung was a part of the inaugural 3k championship race, which has never been raced at the NCAA Championships in history. John Crain of North Central was one of the runners doubling, and after winning the 5k on Friday was able to win the 3k on Saturday with a time of 8:10.40. Finishing just ahead of Hartung was Andrew Padgett, of Washington U., with a time of 8:19.94. Tim bested the 9th place finisher, Troy Kelleher of North Central, by .7 seconds.
Hartung started the race in the back of the back for the first two laps. As the race moved along, he started to assert his long stride by sticking to outside and slowly picking off runners in front of him. With a few laps left Tim sat in 10th, but was not going to allow the effects of his 5k on Friday affect his chances. A runner stumbled on the side barrier and Tim quickly took advantage of the situation and surged ahead with a pack of three runners. With the last lap being led by Crain, Hartung kicked and propelled him to the 8th place finish and All-American runners.
Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco knows how hard it was for Hartung to come back and completed the distance double.
"We went into today knowing that coming back in the 3k was going to be very tough, but we still aimed for All-American status," said the first-year Spartan head coach. "The race was a pretty straight up race and came down to a solid last few laps of kicking from Tim to secure the goal of going two for two. This sets Tim up perfectly for the outdoor season and we are both excited and happy about this weekend's result and what is to come!"
Hartung will now take a deserved rest and prepare for the outdoor season and successful close to his record-breaking year.