September 10, 2011

Hartung Takes Eighth as Spartans Finish Third at LVC Invitational

ANNVILLE, Pa. – The York College men's cross country team picked up a tremendous third-place finish at the Lebanon Valley Invitational on Saturday. Out of 14 squads, the Spartans posted 117 team points on the muddy course as they competed with quality regional opponents.

"Our guys did awesome today," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "To be honest, I am surprised that we did that well. They ran faster than their goal mile time and were able to sustain the pace."

And pleasantly surprised Camodeca was as three Spartans landed in the top-20 (out of 160 participants) including sophomore Tim Hartung who took eighth overall. The sensational Green and White runner ran a strong 16:17.68 and was less than five seconds away from being a top-five performer.

"Tim was phenomenal today," Camodeca said. "To place eighth against that competition is a great accomplishment."

Newcomer John Wallace has proven a quality addition early on this season as the sophomore finished 13th overall with a 16:27. Junior Steven Childres rounded-out the Spartans' first three finishers, securing 16th for the Green and White with a 16:36.83.

Craig Eppler's 17:15.93 saw him finish fourth for the Spartans, 53rd overall, while rookie Michael Stetson was the fifth York runner to cross the line with a 17:28.62 and was 59th overall.

Matt Smith took 69th on the day by posting a 17:41.26. Aaron Robertson and Wilfredo Feliciano, Jr. rounded out York's top-seven performers with times of 18:03.98 and 18:05.61, respectively.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, September 17, as they are slated to host the Coach Achtzehn Classic at John Rudy Park in York. Start time is scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Photo: Craig Eppler (left) and Matt Smith (right) compete in a race during the 2010 campaign. Courtesy of Charlie Covell.

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