GENEVA, OH -- Johns Hopkins senior Andrew Bartnett closed his illustrious career at the NCAA Division III Men's Track and Field Championships on Saturday with a runner-up finish in the Pole Vault. Bartnett pushed three-time national champion Luke Winder of North Central until only the two of them remained from a 20-man field of entries before ultimately finishing second.
Bartnett passed on the first two heights, cleared 4.90 meters on his second attempt and then used all three of his allowable attempts at 5.10 meters. At this point, the field was down to Barnett, Winder, Monmouth's Dan Evers and Everett Kleven of Washington University St. Louis.
Kleven and Evers were finished by the time Barnett took his next attempt at 5.25 meters. Winder cleared the height on his first jump to put the pressure on, Bartnett who used all three of his attempts to clear.
The cat-and-mouse game continued at 5.30 meters as Bartnett passed on the height and Winder needed all three of his jumps to make it through.
Bartnett's final successful jump -- at 5.35 meters -- set a Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record, but Winder cleared at both 5.40 meters and 5.45 meters and Bartentt was unable to match him.
The second-place finish is the second at the outdoor championships -- to go along with two indoors -- in the Pole Vault for Bartnett, who had never cleared 5.30 meters before Friday in the Decathlon.
Bartnett's earned eight team points for Johns Hopkins with his runner-up showing, which helped the Blue Jays to a 36th-place finish.
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