The friction point on my new clutch is about half way between the top and bottom of the "throw." Most used standard vehicles I ever had the friction point of the clutch was toward the top just as you describe... My jeep patriot is my first new vehicle with a standard transmission. I have noticed that my patriot has a very tight clutch and you have to be really smooth with it to get a smooth ride. It is the fastest four banger I have ever had to... This thing would walk all over my old 1998 TJ with the 4.0 and 5spd that's for sure.
I am very glad I went with the 5spd on my patriot... I really like it.
ETA/ my patriot has the 2.4