Cooper Bertoldo came oh-so-close to a repeat of his Group 4 heroics in the pole vault.

With the bar set at 15 feet, the Phillipsburg senior faced the final jump of the competition at Saturday’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington in the exact same situation he faced last week at the group meet.

Clear the bar, at a height Bertoldo had never cleared before, and be a champion. Don’t, and settle for something other than first.

And did we mention 15 feet is also the Stateliner school record?

So, with another storybook finish looming, Bertoldo almost delivered.

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