Brandon Estrada
Brandon Estrada

Brandon Estrada (born October 28, 1987 as Brandon Michael-paul Estrada) from Los Angeles, California is a two time NCAA Div 1 All-American in the pole vault. His championship accolades include achieving the All-Time United States Indoor Track and Field Pole Vault record holder,[1] IAAF World Ranked, Indoor National Record Holder for Puerto Rico and Silver Medalist for Puerto Rico at 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.[2][3] As pole vaulter for The University of Southern California (USC) Track and Field[4] Brandon is the # 4 All-Time record holder.[5] Brandon is the son of actor Erik Estrada[6] (best known in his role as 'Ponch' in the hit TV series CHiPs) & Peggy Lynn Rowe (American actress, entertainment executive and songwriter.)

Brandon's Silver medal was awarded at The 21st Central American and Caribbean Games representing Puerto Rico[7] (Spanish: XXI Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, Mayagüez 2010) which took place in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, from 18 July 2010 to 1 August 2010.[8]

His personal best vault is 18-1.25 / 5.52 meters achieved on April 16, 2011 at 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.[9]

Notably, Brandon was the UCLA USC Dual Meet pole vault champion; ending UCLA's 7 year win streak against USC May 1, 2010 at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus. The USC and UCLA competition is the most prestigious and storied Dual Meet in the country.[10] "The USC men clinched the win in the pole vault where Brandon Estrada took first with a clearance of 17-5.00 (5.31m) and Derek Scott took third with a clearance of 16-7.25 (5.06m). Their points gave USC an 87-53 lead with 82 points needed for the win. Junior Taylor Slingsby placed sixth with a clearance of 15-7.25 (4.76m). Estrada's win was the first by a Trojan male in the Dual Meet pole vault competition since 2003."[11]

Brandon's popularity with fans and audiences worldwide is renowned for drawing more spectators to the sport of Track and Field than ever before. As such, he was nicknamed "The Taylor Swift of Pole Vault"[12] by Bob Fraley, Meet Director of 'Run For The Dream Invitational.


Vitaly Petrov (coach) at IAAF World Pole Vault Centre in Formia, Italy[13]

Earl Bell in Jonesboro, Arkansas at Bell Athletics[14]

Kate Carlson at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California[15]

Tim Werner in Los Angeles, California at Advantage Athletics.[16]


NCAA Indoor National All-Time United States PV[17]

2010 NCAA Indoor Division 1 ranked #1[18]

2010 Indoor and Outdoor #1 leader in California[19]

Puerto Rico National Championship Pole Vault[7]

2010 NCAA Outdoor National Championships 5th place[20]

Two time NCAA Div 1 All American[21]

2010 Caribbean Central American Games Silver Medalist.[22]

USC All Time Pole Vault #4[23]

2010 Clovis North American Championships runner up Elite section.[24]

2010 NCAA West Regionals 1st place.[25]

2010 PAC 10 runner up[26]

UCLA USC Dual Meet Champion; ending UCLA's 7 year win streak against USC.

IAAF 2011 World Ranked[27] IAAF 2010 World Ranked[28]

USC All-Americans (Indoors)[29]


Brandon attended University of Southern California, Pre-Law/Sociology major, 2006 - 2011 Graduate.

Brandon attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. 2005 Graduate.

Brandon attended Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks, California. Graduate.

Brandon attended Dixie Canyon Elementary School in Sherman Oaks, California. Graduate.

See also


  1. ^ "All-Time United States Indoor TF Pole Vault Rankings". mile split. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  2. ^ Athletics at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games – Results#Pole vault
  3. ^ "Pole Vault: Mexican Lanaro Establishes a Record and Puerto Rican Estrada Wins Silver". Mayaguez 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "USC Track & Field Athlete Bio Brandon Estrada". USC Track & Field. USC Track & Field
  6. ^ "Erik Estrada Official Website". Erik Estrada Official Website.
  7. ^ a b Puerto Rican records in track and field
  8. ^ "Mayaguez 2010". Mayaguez 2010.
  9. ^ "UW Last Chance Qualifier". Direct Athletics. March 6, 2010.[full citation needed]
  10. ^ "USC-UCLA Dual Meet". Flo Track.
  11. ^ "USC Posts First-Ever Dual Meet Sweep at UCLA". USC Trojans.
  12. ^ James, Matt. "Fraley's Run for the Dream is worth tracking". The Fresno Bee.
  13. ^ "IAAF World Pole Vault Centre Foria, Italy".
  14. ^ "Bell Athletics". Bell Athletics.
  15. ^ "USC Trojans Coach Profile Kate Carlson". USC Trojans/. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Advantage Athletics". Advantage Athletics.
  17. ^ "All-Time United States Indoor TF pv Rankings". Milesplit.
  18. ^ "2010 College Men Indoor TF Rankings". California Milesplit.
  19. ^ "Direct Athletics Athlete Men's Track & Field Summary". Direct Athletics. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Estrada Ties For 5th In The Pole Vault At NCAA Championships". USC Trojans.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Brandon Estrada Stats and Progression". Brandon Estrada Official Website. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Pole Vault: Mexican Lanaro Establishes a Record and Puerto Rican Estrada Wins Silver". Mayaguez 2010/. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Ishimatsu And Estrada Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes Of The Week Diver wins 2 titles, pole vaulter earns All-American honors". USC Trojans.
  24. ^ "The Fresno Bee August 6, 2010". The Fresno Bee August 6, 2010.
  25. ^ "California Athletes Brandon Estrada". California Calrunners.
  26. ^ "Pac-10 Conference Track & Field Championship University of California Berkeley - 5/8/2010 to 5/16/2010 Results". Pac 10 results. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  27. ^ "IAAF WORLD RANKS / Jumps/ Pole Vault/Mens Senior outdoor 2011". IAAF.
  28. ^ "IAAF WORLD RANKS / Jumps/ Pole Vault/Mens Senior outdoor 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  29. ^ "USC All Americans" (PDF). USC TRACK AND FIELD.