NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The York College men's cross country team came in fourth place out of 12 teams at the Christopher Newport Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans finished the day with 80 points. Coming in first place was VCU with 48 points. In second place was Lynchburg and Bridgewater came in third. Other schools that competed in the race included Chrisopher Newport, Rhodes, NC A&T, Eastern Mennonite, Hampton, Virginia Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney, Methodist and Shenandoah.
The Green and White had an impressive day with the top five runners being sub 27 minutes or extremely close to it.
Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) had a stellar race for the Spartans. Hartung lead from pole to pole in a field that consisted of 4 Division 1 Schools and the top 6 teams in the South/Southeast Region. Head coach Erick Camodeca said that he made it known he was going to take control from the gun. Hartung earned a first place finish with a time of 25:15.34.
The next Spartan to cross the finish line was freshman Carus Cookman (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney). Cookman ran another very strong and consistent race for the Green and White. He came in 13th place at 26:29.00.
Finishing in third for York was Matt Smith (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) with an excellent race. Smith crossed the line in 26:51.64 for a 21st place finish. Camodeca says that Smith is silently but quickly making his way up on the roster.
Right behind Smith was Aaron Robertson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) with another excellent race. Robertson finished with a time of 26:53.73.
Rounding out the top five runners for the day was Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) who finished strong with a time of 27:02.98.
"This was a perfect tune up before heading into CAC's," said Camodeca. "It gives us the confidence we were looking for at this point of the season.
The Spartans return to action Saturday, October 27 for the CAC championship. The race is being held at Frostburg University and is set to begin at 11:00 am.