LINCOLN, Neb. - York College senior Tim Hartung earned a third-place finish in the 5,000 meter race at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday evening.
Hartung concluded the race with a time of 14 minutes, 21.09 seconds as he was less than seconds out of second place. North Central's John Crain had an impressive race as the senior cruised to the national championship with a time of 14:06.73. Dickinson's Ryan Steinbock edged Hartung for second with a time of 14:19.30. Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Sean Kutz finished fourth while Wisconsin-Stout's Patrick Jenkins placed fifth.
Hartung started the race hanging out in sixth place over the first eight minutes of the race. He was a part of a group of four that pulled away from the pack with about four minutes left in the race.
Crain and Hartung then started to pull away from the group of four until Crain turned on the jets and dashed away from the Spartan senior with about two minutes remaining. Hartung got caught at the end by Steinbock but was able to hang on to the third place finish.
Hartung is now a four-time All-American as he earned the honors as a 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country All-American and also as a 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field honoree. Hartung entered the race as the top seed with a qualifying time of 14:13.02.
Hartung is a five-time Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hartung will come back on Saturday to compete in the 3,000 meters. That race will be held at 5:25 eastern time.