Zach Nichols
Zach Nichols
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Branham HS
Position: Pole Vault


Competed nine times for his second season at UCSB. Equalled his season's best from last year at the Ben Brown Invitational in 15' 6 1/4" to take third overall. Bested that a week later at 39th Annual Aztec Invitational, jumping 15' 7 1/4". Leaped to a new personal best at the Cal Poly Dual Meet, recording a height of 15' 9 3/4" to take second. Finished the season with the same height at the Big West Conference Championships, scoring for the first time by taking sixth place. 


Competed in six meets for his first year as a Gaucho. Jumped a season's best of 15' 6 1/4" to take third at the Cal Poly Dual Meet. 


Nichols was a two-time CIF State qualifier in the pole vault for the Branham HS Bruins. As a junior he placed eighth in the State Finals, leaping over 15'9 in qualifying. As a senior, Nichols captured his second straight CCS Trials title in the PV and went on to take the win at the CCS Finals, jumping over 15'7 and earning a repeat bid to the state meet. Prep coaches were Jim Lawrence, Bob Slover and Tobias McCleod.


Parents are Renee Nichols & Doug Nichols...Has one sibling, Samuel...UCSB major is currently Undeclared...Favorite band is Nirvana. 

Collegiate Bests 

Pole Vault - 15' 9 3/4" (2017 Cal Poly Dual Meet) 

Big West Championships 

2017 - Pole Vault, 6th, 15' 9 3/4" 

2016 - Pole Vault, 15th, 14' 1 1/4"