Zach Bradford

Position Pole Vault
Height 6'0"
Class Freshman
Hometown Bloomington, Ill.
High School Bloomington HS


Career Highlights
Outdoor School Record (Pole Vault) – 5.77 meters (18-11 ft.)
Rock Chalk Park Facility Record (Pole Vault) – 5.77 meters (18-11 ft.) – 4/20/19
2019 Indoor First Team All-America (Pole Vault)
Texas Tech Open Meet Record (Pole Vault) – 5.61m (18-4.75 ft.) – 2/1/19-2/2/19
Anschutz Sports Pavilion Facility Record (Pole Vault) – 5.58m (18-3.75 ft.) – 1/26/19


2019 OUTDOOR (Fr.)
Posted a third place finish in the pole vault at the Battle on the Bayou (4/6), clearing 5.38 meters (17-7.75 ft.) … Won the pole vault at the 92nd Kansas Relays (4/17-20), clearing 5.77 meters (18-11 ft.) to set a KU school record, a Rock Chalk Park facility record, the No. 2 mark in the NCAA and the No. 4 mark in the world … Finished second in the pole vault at the National Relay Championships (4/26-4/27), clearing a mark of 5.62 meters (18-5.25 ft.) for a meet record.

2019 INDOOR (Fr.)
Finished second in the pole vault in his collegiate debut at the Bob Timmons Challenge (11/30) with a clearance of 5.14 meters (16-10.25 ft.) … Recorded a first place finish at the National Pole Vault Summit (1/19) with a personal-best clearance of 5.50 meters (18-0.5 ft.) which moved him into tied for seventh on the Kansas pole vault performer list … Posted a personal-best mark for the second-straight meet, clearing 5.58 meters (18-3.75 ft.) to break the facility record, tie the No. 7 performance in KU history, become the No. 4 performer in KU history and set a KU freshman record at the Jayhawk Classic (1/25-1/26) … Recorded a personal-best and meet-record breaking mark of 5.61 meters (18-4.75 ft.) in the pole vault at the Texas Tech Open (2/1-2/2), finishing in second place to tie the No. 5 performance and become the No. 4 performer in KU history … Cleared a personal-best mark of 5.63 meters (18-5.5 ft.) to finish in third place at the Tyson Invitational (2/8-2/9), tying the No. 4 performance and become the No. 4 performer in KU history … Finished fourth in the pole vault at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/22-2/23), clearing a mark of 5.53 meters (18-1.75 ft.) … Earned First Team All-America honors in the pole vault with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships (3/8-9), tying his career-best mark of 5.63 meters (18-5.5 ft.).

Competed in track & field and cross country for head coach John Szabo at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois … Won a total of eight letters in track & field, cross country and football … Helped his team to indoor and outdoor Big Twelve Conference titles all four years of high school … Aided in a team third-place finish at the Illinois State Championships … Swept the Big Twelve Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault titles all four years of high school and state championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Holds the school and state records in the pole vault in both indoor (18-0.5 ft.) and outdoor (18-2.5 ft.) … Won the 2018 New Balance National indoor championship in the pole vault and was the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships runner-up … Was a three-time New Balance Nationals All-American (2016-18) and was the 2018 USATF/AAU National Champion.

Son of Jason and Joy Bradford … Has two older brothers, Steven and Adam … Brother, Steven, plays soccer and lacrosse and is a member of the track & field team at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois … Plans to major in sport management.