One of Albion College's first great athletes, Lee Bartlett not only was an MIAA champion, but a world-class competitor in the javelin. Bartlett is the only MIAA athlete to compete in the Olympics, doing so three times; 1928, 1932 and 1936. The 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam occurred while Bartlett was a senior at Albion. His spot on the Olympic team was secured with a school-record throw of 216 feet, seven inches, in competition at Soldier Field in Chicago. The record stood for 59 years until Dan Pekrul bettered it in the 1987 NCAA Division III Championship. Bartlett was Albion's first NCAA champion a year later, placing first in the javelin at the 1929 championship. At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932, Bartlett placed fifth, the highest American finish in the event. Four years later, he established a personal best throw of 223 feet, four inches in the Olympic trials, then became the first American athlete to act in a dual role as coach and participant in Olympic competition.