CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – York College men's cross country sophomore Tim Hartung made program history Saturday, as he is the first Spartan cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. On the heels of Hartung's outstanding performance, the Green and White finished 11th overall out of 47 squads with 338 points. The Spartans narrowly missed finishing in the top-ten and were a mere eight points out of ninth place.
Hartung, who has been fantastic for the Green and White all season, traversed the 8K course in 25:50 to secure ninth overall. In a field of 309 runners, Hartung's top-ten finish allows him to capture a spot in the NCAA National Championships on Saturday, November 19, in Winneconne, Wis. This marks another milestone in Hartung's already excellent career. He was the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference champion in the 10,000 meters at the league track & field championships and then took first at the conference cross country meet this season.
Including Hartung's showing, four Spartans finished in the top-100 including three in the top-50. Steven Childres proved the second York finisher as he finished 44th overall. Childres, who was named the CAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, crossed the finish line in 26:50.
John Wallace, another Spartan first-team All-CAC member, grabbed 50th overall for the York squad. The sophomore finished in a time of 27:01.
Aaron Robertson was the fourth York finisher as he secured 98th with a 27:56. The 2011 CAC Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year grabbed a solid top-100 spot in his first regional meet.
Michael Stetson, Matt Smith, and Craig Eppler also finished for the Green and White. Stetson gained quality experience as he ran a 28:31 in his first regional meet. Smith and Eppler close out their sophomore campaigns with times of 28:41 and 28:50, respectively.
PHOTO: Tim Hartung competes at York's Coach Achtzehn Classic earlier this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications student-photographer.