DURHAM, N.C. – With a tremendous 14:47.72 in the 5,000 meters, York College men's track & field sophomore Tim Hartung broke the Capital Athletic Conference and school records in the event Friday afternoon, competing at the Duke Invitational at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Hartung, who has had a phenomenal sophomore campaign, continued his tremendous year on Friday. The distance standout broke the conference record 14:51.17, set by Mary Washington's Frank DeVar in 2009, and busted the Spartans' 5,000-meter record by over 16 seconds as he took third in the Section B race and 17th overall. Hartung pencils his name into the league record books for the second time in his career as he also owns the CAC Championship 10,000-meter record (33:18.49) set as last year's meet.
Hartung's effort also breaks former Spartan Jason Hinkle's 5,000-meter mark as he ran a 15:03.90 on May 10, 2010. During his 2010 season, Hinkle actually broke the 5K record twice, the first time at the Duke Invitational on April 3. At the time, Hinkle's 15:34.49-performance bested the program record of 15:44.30, which had stood since 1980.
Hartung continues to add to his fantastic resume´ as in less than two full seasons he 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, he qualified for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships and finished in the top-50. At the inaugural league indoor championships this past winter, 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.
Wil Feliciano put together a quality showing for the Green and White as he continues to run well this track season. Feliciano posted a 51.81 in the developmental 400 meters to place 15th overall.
Junior Phillip Cavaluchi recorded a 12th-place 50.78-meter (166' 7") toss in the javelin.
The Duke Invitational is a predominantly Division I meet, as the Spartans competed against student-athletes from Davidson, Toledo, Kent St., Duke, and Vermont.
The Spartans are slated to be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 7, as York utilizes a split-squad. The Spartans are set to compete at two different meets, the second day of the Duke Invitational and the Goucher Classic at Goucher College in Towson, Md.
PHOTO: Tim Hartung competes in a relay event at York's Quad Meet earlier this week. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.