YORK, Pa. – The York College men's cross country team received great news as sophomore runner Tim Hartung garnered United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors following his tremendous 2011 campaign. Additionally, the Spartan team nabbed USTFCCCA All-Academic status after posting a cumulative 3.36 grade point average through the fall semester.
Hartung, a sophomore from Mohnton, PA and the first York College cross-country runner to qualify for Nationals, received the accolade from a combination of his outstanding work on the course and in the classroom. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a "student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships" (according to the USTFCCCA release).
A nursing major, Hartung currently owns a cumulative grade point average of 3.64 and posted a stupendous 3.85 GPA during the fall semester. At the NCAA Mid-East Regionals, the sophomore qualified for Nationals after placing ninth, a great stride from last year's eighty-fifth place finish. He would then go onto Nationals where he performed at a very high level and finished 50th out of over 250 competitors.
Hartung also won the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championship. This accomplishment is an incredible feat after finishing in fifth-place in last year's championship. Hartung also led the York squad to its first ever league championship.
"Tim had a phenomenal year," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "He got the job done not only in his training and racing but he did a fantastic job in taking care of his academic work. He is a tremendous student-athlete."
As a team, the Spartans put together a strong 2011, topped off by this USTFCCCA All-Academic honor. The Green and White's 3.36 team grade point average allows the Spartans to join 130 other institutions in gaining the accolade. In order to be eligible, according to the USTFCCCA, "the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better."
"I think it is very impressive to see what our men were able to accomplish," Camodeca said, "especially in relation to other schools on the list. I am certainly very pleased that our men received this great honor."
Release courtesy of Andrew Kurtz - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Practicum Student.
PHOTO: Tim Hartung finishes out the 2011 Coach Achtzehn Classic in York last season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.