Bartnett Closes Decathlon at NCAAs - Preps for Pole Vault
GENEVA, OH -- The Decathlon part of Johns Hopkins senior Andrew Bartnett's career came to an end on Friday at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. Bartnett totaled 5,349 points to place 19th overall.
Bartnett, who entered the second day of the two-day, 10-event Decathlon in 10th place, had his hopes of a podium finish dashed in the first event on Friday. Working in the third heat of the 110-meter hurdles, Bartnett stumbled over the ninth hurdle and fell. He did go on to complete the race, which would have allowed him to score in the event, but he inadvertently used his hands to clear the 10th and final hurdle after he had clipped the ninth and was disqualified from scoring. Competitors are not permitted to use their hands to push or clear a hurdle in any way.
The loss of conservatively 550 points in 110-meter hurdles eliminated any chance of a top eight finish, which would have landed him All-America honors.
Barnett picked up 990 total points in the Discus and Javelin combined with throws of 32.47 meters and 42.43 meters, respectively, in the second and fourth events of the day.
Despite being out of medal contention, Bartnett did leave his mark in his final collegiate Decathlon as he blew away the field in the third event of the day, the Pole Vault.
Bartnett passed on every height until 4.70 meters, needed three jumps to clear that and then passed again until 5.10 meters. Again, he needed the allowable three jumps to clear that and then passed through up to 5.30 meters (17' 4.5") - a height he had never cleared in competition.
After missing on his first two jumps, he successfully cleared at 5.30-meters to set a school and Centennial Conference record; he also picked up 1,004 points with his jump. He defeated the next closest entry by more than two feet.
With an eye towards Saturday's individual Pole Vault competition, Bartnett followed his record-breaking jump today with his one scoring throw in the Javelin and then completed just one lap of the 1,500-meter run.
Competition in Saturday's Pole Vault will begin at noon (ET).