Bradford breaks Jordan Scott’s meet record in runner-up finish
For the second time in as many years, Zach Bradford competed for Team USA over the weekend, this time at the North American, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico.
Bradford, who just finished his freshman year at Kansas, added another silver medal to his Team USA collection at the NACAC U-23s with his 5.60 meters (18-4.50 ft.) bar clearance. The mark tied him with Sam Houston State’s Clayton Fritsch at the top of the leaderboard, but Fritsch was crowned the champion based on misses.
Bradford and Fritsch will now serve as the co-meet record holders, as both bested the previous high mark of mark of 5.56 meters (18-2.75 ft.), set by Jayhawk Jordan Scott, who won the event in 2010, the same season he was crowned the NCAA Outdoor Champion.
Bradford had previously won a silver medal in the pole vault at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland during the summer of 2018.