THIS YEAR: Redshirt senior Brandon Estrada is coming off a big season in which he improved 6 inches and cracked into USC's all-time top 10 in the pole vault.
2009: Bounced back with a strong season and vaulted a PR of 17-7 (4.36m) in placing 4th at the NCAA West Regional. That clearance put him 10th on USC's all-time pole vault list and qualified him for the NCAA Championships. He pole vaulted 16-8 3/4 (5.10m) in the preliminaries, but did not advance to the NCAA Finals. He placed 4th in the pole vault at the Texas Relays in April with a then-PR of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m).
2008: Redshirted in 2008.
2007: Improved more than one-foot and five inches from his freshman season. Placed first in the University/Open pole vault competition at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 14 with a height of 17-0 3/4 (5.20m). Placed second at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 28 with a pole vault of 17-0 (5.18m). Set a new PR of 17-1 (5.21m) to place 11th in the pole vault at the NCAA West Regional held in Eugene, Ore. on May 25. Named as honorable mention to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
2006: Had a season-best pole vault of 15-7 (4.75m) to tie for second at the Northridge Invitational on March 18.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills, Calif...Competed four years in track and field and one in wrestling...Was all-league and all-section his last three years at El Camino Real and was all-city and a state competitor as a senior. Took second place at the city championship while wrestling at 125 pounds.
PERSONAL: Brandon was born on Oct. 28, 1987...Is the son of actor Erik Estrada, who played the character Ponch on the wildly popular late '70s show CHips...His father was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 19, 2007 (on the north side of Hollywood Blvd, between Sycamore and Orange streets)...He is a Pre-Law/Sociology major at USC and would like to go into entertainment law.
CAREER BESTS: Pole Vault -- 17-7 (5.36m)