LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tim Hartung completed his 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships with a second appearance, in as many races, on the podium with All-American honors.
Hartung was able to take eighth place in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8 minutes, 22.12 seconds.
In a race that featured six runners that competed the day before in the 5,000-meter race, Hartung was prepared to run his best. Hartung was a part of the inaugural 3K championship race, which has never been raced at the NCAA Championships in history. John Crain of North Central was one of the runners doubling, and after winning the 5K on Friday was able to win the 3K on Saturday with a time of 8:10.40.
Spartan head coach Stephen LoBianco knows how hard it was for Hartung to come back and complete the distance double.
"We went into today knowing that coming back in the 3K was going to be very tough, but we still aimed for All-American status," said the first-year Spartan head coach. "The race was a pretty straight up race and came down to a solid last few laps of kicking from Tim to secure the goal of going two for two. This sets Tim up perfectly for the outdoor season and we are both excited and happy about this weekend's result and what is to come."