CARLISLE, PA - The York College men's cross country team had a fantastic seventh place finish at the Mid-East Regional Meet hosted by Dickinson College in Carlisle on Saturday. Not only did the Spartans have their best finish ever as a team, junior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) posted a fifth-place finish to make a return to NCAA Division III Championships for the second consecutive year.
Hartung was outstanding for the Green and White as he ran a stellar race. The junior was tenth midway through the race and maintained that slot until he used a great finishing kick to pass five runners over the final kilometer to earn the fifth place finish. His final time was 25:28.6 as he was two seconds out of third place and six seconds out of second place. Allegheny's Bobby Over won the event with a time of 25:09.6.
Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca was pleased with this junior standout.
"Halfway through the race Tim looked really comfortable," said the Spartan mentor. "There were five guys in front of him that were hurting at that point and I told him this was his chance. At the seven k mark, he kicked it in and really hammered home the finish."
Freshman Carus Cookman (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) earned a spot on the All-Region Freshman team as the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year finished 40th with a time of 26:30.6. He was the sixth highest finishing first-year runner at the meet.
"Carus finishing on the all-freshman team was very big for us," said Camodeca.
Junior Aaron Robertson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) finished strong as he registered a 47th place finish in the field of 343 runners. He clocked in with a time of 26:46.2. Senior Steven Childres (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Saint Joseph) ran well as he crossed the line 83rd as he recorded a time of 27:21.5.
"We needed all five guys in the top 100 and we were able to do that," stated Camodeca. "Aaron came through for us and Steven had another excellent race."
Matt Smith (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) was York's next finisher, as he placed 103rd with a time of 27:41.8. Connor Simpson (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent) notched a time of 27:46.5 to finish 106th while Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was York's final runner as he finished 156th with a time of 28:25.2.
"Today almost seemed too easy," said Camodeca. "We were really relaxed and all we had to do was come in and run which is exactly what we did."
"To finish seven as a team in the region was a significant accomplishment for this team," said Camodeca. "It is a great sign for us going into next year as we will only lose one guy. We are really excited about next year but we are also really excited about this moment for our team."
When asked if he was disappointed about the being so close to a top five finish, Camodeca said the feeling was the exact opposite.
"We did exactly what we wanted to do today. Anything in our top ten was a goal. We knew we were good enough to finish seventh and to do that was a big thing for our program. We are very happy with where we are at."
Hartung and Camodeca will now head to the NCAA Division III National Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. The championship meet will take place on Saturday, November 17.