Spartans Post Triumphant Performance at Achtzehn Classic

YORK, Pa. – On the strength of three top-four finishes, the York College men's cross country team won their own Coach Achtzehn Classic Saturday afternoon at John Rudy Park in York. The Spartans posted 31 points, distancing themselves from second-place Franklin & Marshall which tallied 44, and bested the field of eleven schools.

Coming off his Capital Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolade, York sophomore Tim Hartung finished second on the day, out of the 97 affiliated runners, with a strong 26:46.95. Hartung, who posted his best finish of the young season, again led the Spartans as he did at last week's Lebanon Valley Invitational.

Junior Steven Childres and sophomore John Wallace followed behind Hartung to snag third and fourth for the Green and White. Childres, who notches second in the Spartan group for the first time this season, recorded his third-place finish in 26:55.49. Wallace, off to a strong start with the program after transferring in from Lebanon Valley, tallied a solid 27:01.37.

"Tim, Steve, and John ran phenomenal today," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said as York's top three runners landed in the top-four.

Freshman Michael Stetson put together a strong showing for the Green and White as he took tenth on the day with a 28:01.60. Craig Eppler came in 12th for the Spartans has he posted a 28:25.78.

"Stetson really stepped up for us today," Camodeca said. "And Craig sealed the deal for us."

Aaron Robertson collected 18th for York (28:58.49) while Matt Smith (29:01.62) and Wil Murray (29:04.69) ran to 20th- and 21st-place finishes, respectively.

Andrew Ward and Wilfredo Feliciano, Jr. each finished in the top-30 for the Green and White.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, September 24, when they travel to the Dickinson Invitational. Start time is slated for 11:00 am.

Photo: Steven Childres, Tim Hartung, and John Wallace compete at the 2011 Coach Achtzehn Classic. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) athletic communications student photographer.