SALISBURY, MD – The York College men's cross country team and senior Tim Hartung (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) pulled off a rare three-peat on Saturday at the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Championship meet at Winter Park Place in Salisbury, MD. Hartung won his third consecutive individual championship and the team captured its third straight conference team title.
Hartung's third championship came in a time of 25:33.10, allowing him to win the title by over 19 seconds. He won the 2012 championship by 22 seconds while his 2011 championship in the snow in York was by a mere .02 seconds over former Spartan teammate Steven Childress. Hartung closes out the cross country portion of his CAC career as a three-time champion and a four-time first team All-CAC honoree. He is now a four-time CAC Runner-of-the-Year having won the 2012 and 13 cross country honors, the 2012 indoor title and the 2013 outdoor award as well.
Hartung was far from being alone as a standout for the Green and White. The fantastic trio of Wil Murray (Cape May Courthouse, N.J./Middle Township), Craig Eppler (Bethlehem, Pa./Northampton), and Connor Simpson (Warminster, Pa./William Tennent) provided York with a three pack at six, seven, and eight that allowed York to capture valuable places. Murray finished sixth with a time of 26:20.40 while Eppler was seventh, a mere .4 seconds back of Murray. Simpson crossed the line less than two seconds later as the Spartans were on their way to a third straight championship.
The All-CAC honors are the first for Murray and Eppler while Simpson is now a two-time all-conference performer.
Junior Michael Stetson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and freshman Matt Hayes (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) were also key finishers for the Spartans as the duo both earned second team All-CAC honors. Stetson placed 11th with a time of 26:24.90 while Hayes performed well in his first conference championships, placing 13th with a time of 26:27.20. The All-CAC finish is a first for Stetson as he just missed out earning the honor last fall.
Andrew Ward (Oxford, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) and Aaron Robertson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) both notched top 20 finishes in the 116-runner field. Ward placed 18th with a time of 26:42.70 while Robertson was 20th with a time of 26:52.30.
The Spartans finished the meet with 33 points, outdistancing conference newcomer Christopher Newport by 17 points. Salisbury and Mary Washington finished tied for third at 85 points while Frostburg State finished fifth.
First-year head coach Stephen LoBianco was thrilled to win the Spartans' third straight title and send his seniors out on top.
"For the guys, it all came down to having a race plan, and executing it. We moved up a lot the last two miles and our finishing kicks were outstanding. I am very excited to send my seniors out with a win. It was great to see our top six guys earn All-CAC honors. Now the focus switches to regionals in two weeks and improving on our finish from last year. "
The Spartans now turn their attention to the 2013 Mid-East Regionals at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The regionals, hosted by Muhlenberg College, will be held on Saturday, November 16.