Chase  Brannon

Chase Brannon

Brentwood, Tenn.

High School:
Brentwood Academy

Pole Vault/Javelin

Year (XC/In/Out):

Pole Vault: 17-9.75/5.43m (2014)

Pole Vault: 17-9.25/5.42m (2012)
Javelin: 196-1/59.77m (2012)
100m: 11.41 (2013)

Q&A with Chase



2012 Outdoor Pole Vault: 8th, 17-8.50/5.40m


2011 Indoor Pole Vault: t8th, 16-5.50/5.02m
2011 Outdoor Pole Vault: 5th, 16-6.75/5.05m

2012 Indoor Pole Vault: 3rd, 17-3.25/5.28m
2012 Outdoor Pole Vault: 4th, 17-8.50/5.40m

2013 Indoor Pole Vault: 4th, 17-5.50/5.32m
2013 Outdoor Pole Vault: 3rd, 17-9/5.41m

2014 Indoor Pole Vault: 5th, 16-10/5.13m
2014 Outdoor Pole Vault: 5th, 16-10.75/5.15m

  • Two-time USTFCCCA All-American (2012 Indoor/Outdoor)
  • Scored at the 2012 Outdoor NCAA Championship meet
  • Five-time SEC scorer
  • Made 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Recipient of UT's 2011 Herb Neff Walk-on Award and Vol Outdoor Most Improved Athlete Award
  • 2012 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor pole vault qualifier
  • Named the 2012 Indoor Most Improved Athlete and the Outdoor Most Valuable Field Athlete

  • Earned fifth at SEC Championships
  • Win at Virginia Tech with personal best of 5.43m
  • Victory at Aggie Invitational in College Station (5.28m)
  • Top-five performances in every meet this season
  • Advanced to NCAA Championships by clearing 5.32m to tie for 10th at NCAA East Regionals
  • SEC scorer in pole vault with performance of 5.15m for 5th place
  • Scored top ten performance in pole vault at each meet this season
  • Season best mark of 5.32m for second at the Tennessee Challenge 5/3/14
  • Fifth at Penn Relays (4/26/14) with height of 5.05m

  • Two-time SEC scorer (Indoor: mPV, 4th, 17-5.5; Outdoor: mPV, 3rd, 17-9)
    • Tried to improve his season best at the Virginia Tech Last Chance meet, but finished third with a height of 17-6.25
    • Finished fourth in the pole vault at the league meet, contributing to the team's scoring total and crossing over 17-5.5
    • Was runner-up for the second week in a row at the Samford Invitational, vaulting a height of 17-0.75
    • Finished second only to teammate Jake Blankenship in the Championship division of the pole vault at the Armory Invitational, where he earned a new career-best height of 17-8.5
    • Finished fourth in the pole vault at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge with a height of 17-0.25
    • Vaulted at the Virginia Tech Invitational, placing third with a height of 16-9.50
    • Competed at the Kentucky Invitational, finishing 6th with a height of 16-4.75
    • Earned a trip to the NCAA Championships with his 11th place finish at the NCAA East Qualifier
    • Scored at the SEC Championship meet, finishing third with a season-best height of 17-9
    • Finished third in the Championship division pole vault at the Penn Relays, reaching 17-4.75
    • Earned his first win of the season at the Vanderbilt Invitational, clearing 17-5.25
    • Finished fourth in the invitational division at his home meet, topping 17-4.75
    • Competed at the Florida Relays, finishing fourth with a height of 16-8.75
    • Earned his season best height at the Texas Relays, where he finished eleventh at 17-7
    • Tied for first in the pole vault at the MSU Conference Challenger, where he cleared 16-1...Also ran his first 100m as a Vol, finishing 16th in a personal best 11.41

    2012 TRACK & FIELD
    Honors -
    • USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America First Team and USTFCCCA Indoor All-America Second Team
    • Won the Indoor Most Improved Athlete Award and the Outdoor Most Valuable Field Athlete
    Indoors -
    • Competed in his first-ever NCAA Indoor Championship, clearing 17-4 1/2, placing 16th and garnering USTFCCCA Indoor All-America Second Team acclaim
    • Sailed over a career-best 17-8 1/4 at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 3, finishing second and putting himself in position for an NCAA berth
    • That effort moved him to ninth on UT's all-time indoor performers list
    • Posted a then-career-best placing of third at the SEC Indoor Championships, clearing the bar at 17-3 3/4 in the pole vault
    • Opened the season with a then-career-best clearance of 17-5 1/2 to win at the Kentucky Invitational
    • Followed that with a 17-4 1/2 mark for runner-up honors at the Auburn Invitational
    • Fourth in the Gold Division of the Akron Invitational, sailing over 17-3 3/4
    • Second at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, matching teammate Robert Rasnick with a 16-6 clearance as UT sported a 1-2-3 finish in the vault
    • Tied for eighth in the championship division of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at 17-0 3/4
    Outdoors -
    • Scored at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career, finishing eighth with a height of 17-8 1/2
    • Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a clearance of 17-5 1/2 (eighth-best) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round
    • Improved his PR to 17-9 1/4 just before the NCAA meet at the Friday Night Heights Series in Knoxville on June 1
    • Earned a then-outdoor PR and fourth place at the SEC Outdoor Championship, clearing a height of 17-8 1/2
    • Tried his hand at the javelin for the first time as a Vol and wrangled a third-place finish with a fling of 189-0 at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge
    • Improved his mark in the javelin to 193-2 and finished fourth at the UCLA/Washington State Double Dual
    • Sailed over a then-career-best 17-0 3/4 to wind up seventh in the Invitational pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays
    • Placed third in the Championship pole vault at the Penn Relays, clearing 16-6 3/4
    • Secured his first pole vault mark at the Tennessee Challenge, soaring over 16-4 3/4 to tie for third place
    • Took fourth in the pole vault at the Vanderbilt Invitational at 16-0 3/4, but unleashed a career-best throw of 196-1 to place second in the javelin

    2011 TRACK & FIELD
    Honors -
    • Named to SEC All-Freshman Team
    • Earned UT's Herb Neff Walk-on Award and Vol Outdoor Most Improved Athlete Award
    Indoors -
    • Tied for eighth at the SEC Indoor Championships, clearing a career-best 16-5 ½
    • Posted a then-personal record of 15-7 to place eighth at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational
    • Was 10th with another PR, this time 16-1 ¾, at the Hokie Invitational
    Outdoors -
    • Checked in fifth and was the top finishing freshman at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a career-best-tying mark of 16-6 ¾
    • Also cleared that height at the NCAA East Preliminary Round (t16th), the Vanderbilt Invitational (1st) and the Sea Ray Relays (2nd/open division)
    • Was runner-up in college division at the Penn Relays, flying over 16-2 ¾

    2010 TRACK & FIELD
    Indoors -
    • Redshirted
    • Competed unattached and cleared 15-1 at Virginia Tech Invitational
    Outdoors -
    • Redshirted

    • 2009 state runner-up in the pole vault with a 14-6 clearance
    • Made that vault with 14 stitches in his left hand, which was injured when he broke a pole four days earlier
    • Won the region title at 15 feet
    • Competed in the Great 8 Meet as a senior and junior
    • Placed twice at state as a wrestler, including once as runner-up
    • Recorded the third most wins in school history with 139

    • Born Feb. 8, 1991
    • Majoring in business
    • Parents are Todd and Kim Brannon
    • Has one sister, Rachel

    NCAA Outdoor Championships Video



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