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

2017-2018 Track

Jumped in six meets for his third year. Set a season's best mark of 4.56m (14' 11 1/2") at the UC Riverside/Cal Poly Dual to take sixth overall. Took 13th at the Big West Conference Championships with a height of 4.43m (14' 6 1/4").

2016-2017 Track

Competed nine times for his second season at UCSB. Equalled his season's best from last year at the Ben Brown Invitational in 4.73m (15' 6 1/4") to take third overall. Bested that a week later at 39th Annual Aztec Invitational, jumping 4.75m (15' 7 1/4"). Leaped to a new personal best at the Cal Poly Dual Meet, recording a height of 4.81m (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. 

2015-2016 Track

Competed in six meets for his first year as a Gaucho. Jumped a season's best of 4.73m (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 

2018 - Pole Vault, 13th, 4.42m (14' 6 1/4")

2017 - Pole Vault, 6th, 4.81m (15' 9 3/4") 

2016 - Pole Vault, 15th, 4.29m (14' 1 1/4")