YORK, PA – York College junior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) achieved something that no other athlete in the 24 years of the Capital Athletic Conference has ever done. Hartung was named the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Hartung became the first athlete in CAC history to win the Athlete of the Year award in three different championship sports. Hartung was the 2012 Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the 2012 Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Hartung earned is most recent honor after winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at last weekend's Capital Athletic Conference championships in Salisbury, Maryland.
Hartung is now a ten-time Capital Athletic Conference champion. In addition to earning his two titles this year, he also has won the 5,000 in 2012, the 10,000 in 2011, the individual cross country championship in the fall of 2012, the indoor mile championship in 2011 and 12, and the indoor 5,000 meter championship in 2011 and 2012.
Head coach Erick Camodeca knew it wasn't a given despite Hartung's fantastic performance at the championships.
"Being named athlete of the year in our conference this year was not given but earned," stated Camodeca. "We have seen some outstanding performances from quite a few student-athletes this year in our conference. All of those athletes were deserving of this award, and we need to congratulate them on their success. To stand out among those athletes and their performances shows how great of an athlete Tim has become, and how well he represents York College and the CAC."
The next step for the Spartan standout is the NCAA Division III Championships. Hartung is in line to qualify for both the 10,000 meter and 5,000 meter runs at the upcoming championships. The Spartan junior has a few more opportunities to solidify his rankings in both events before the championship field is announced on Sunday, May 19.