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Zach Bradford - Track & Field - Kansas Jayhawks

Zach Bradford

Position Pole Vault
Class Jr./So.
Hometown Bloomington, Ill.
High School Bloomington


Career Highlights
2020 Indoor All-American (Pole Vault)
Big 12 Indoor Championship Meet Record (Pole Vault) – 5.77m (18-11 ft.)
Indoor School Record (Pole Vault) – 5.80 meters (19-0.25 ft.)
Big 12 Athlete of the Week (2/12/2020)
2019 Outdoor IAAF World Championship Participant
2019 Outdoor First Team All-American (Pole Vault)
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


2020 INDOOR (So.)
Opened his season at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (12/8), where he won the pole vault with a jump of 5.60m (18-4.5 ft.) … Went on to win the Jayhawk Classic by jumping 5.60m (18-4.5 ft.) (1/18) … At the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (2/7-2/8), he vaulted a school record 5.71m (18-8.75 ft.), winning the event … He went on to break his own school record at the Tyson Invitational (2/14-2/15) by clearing 5.80m (19-0.25 ft.), which makes him the No. 9 performer in NCAA history … At the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/28-2/29), he placed second with a clearance of 5.77m (18-11 ft.), tying the Big 12 Championship meet record.

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 … Placed third overall in the pole vault at the Big 12 Championship (5/10-5/12), vaulting 5.45m (17-10.5 ft.) … Went on to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Preliminary (5/23-5/25) in Sacramento … Earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (6/5-6/8), placing sixth overall by vaulting 5.70m (18-08.25 ft.) … At the USATF Outdoor Championships (7/27), he placed fourth overall by vaulting 5.71m (18-08.75 ft.), qualifying him for the IAAF World Championships … At the IAAF World Championships (8/28) in Doha, Qatar, he vaulted 5.60m (18-04.50) to place 22nd overall … He was the youngest member of Team USA at the IAAF World Championships.

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.