YORK, Pa. - York College men's track & field distance standout Tim Hartung has been selected as this week's Spartan Athlete of the Week after posting a record-setting performance at the 2012 Duke Invitational. He captures the honor for the third time this academic year as he also secured the accolade twice during the fall cross country season.
Running a terrific 14:47.72 in the 5,000 meters, Hartung snapped the Capital Athletic Conference and school records in the event Friday afternoon. He broke Frank DeVar's conference record of 14:51.17, set in 2009, as he puts his name in the league record book for the second time as he also owns the CAC Championship 10,000-meter record (33:18.49) set as last year's meet.
That effort also broke York's program record by over 16 seconds. Hartung's 14:47.72 breaks former Spartan Jason Hinkle's 5,000-meter mark of 15:03.90 on May 10, 2010.
In less than two full seasons, Hartung has become a remarkable runner for the Green and White. He won the 10,000 meters as a freshman last season, courtesy of his aforementioned top CAC Championship time. This year, he proved victorious at the 2011 CAC Men's Cross Country Championships. Later, qualified for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, and finished in the top-50 at nationals. At the inaugural CAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, Hartung won both the 5,000 meters and one-mile run en route to being named the league's first CAC Indoor Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Hartung and the Spartans return to action on Saturday, April 14, when they travel to Baltimore, Md. for the Johns Hopkins / Loyola Invitational. Start time from Johns Hopkins is slated for 10:00 am.