Zach McWhorter
Pole Vault
Last School
Har-Ber High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Rick McWhorter and Kimberlee Guin
  • Father, Rick pole vaulted at BYU and holds the 10th-best all-time mark for the Cougars
  • Siblings are Jayk, Madeleine and Charlotte
  • Major: Entrepreneurial Management 
  • Mission: Jakarta, Indonesia (2017-19)
  • Also recruited by Air Force, Baylor, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas Tech and Washington
  • Fun Fact: McWhorter is actually right-handed, while he pole vaults left-handed
  • Enjoys reading Russian literature and challenging his own ideas as well as those of others
  • Donald C. Sloan Speech Showcase Finalist (2020)

Before BYU

  • 2016 17-18-year-old USATF National Champion
  • Four-time Arkansas state champion in the pole vault
  • Arkansas 7A state record holder
  • 2017 Democrat Gazette Arkansas Track & Field Athlete of the Year
  • Second-place at the 2016 New Balance Indoor National Championship


Indoor Personal Bests
Mark Event Meet
5.80m/19-0.25 PV NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships


Outdoor Personal Bests
Mark Event Meet
5.70m/18-8.25 PV 2021 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

Career Stats

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2020

Indoor (2020)

  • Named a USTFCCCA All-American in the pole vault
  • Earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors
  • Landed the No. 2 all-time pole vault mark at BYU in his first season with a mark of 5.61m/18' 4.75" at the 2020 Dr. Sander Invite
  • Finished the season with the seventh-best pole vault mark in the nation
  • Placed third at the 2020 MPSF Indoor Championships in the pole vault
  • 2020 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships 12th-place finisher
  • Competed in six meets during the 2020 indoor season
Sophmore Year 2021

Indoor (2021)

  • Finished as national runner-up in the men’s pole vault with a school record-breaking clearance of 5.80m/19-0.25, garnering All-America First Team honors. With that clearance, McWhorter also set a new indoor personal best.

Outdoor (2021)

  • Shattered the BYU record for outdoor men’s pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 5.70m/18-8.25 at the 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. 


  • ReceivedUSTFCCCA All-Academic honors 
  • Finished tied for 19thin the men’s PV Qualifying Round at the U.S. Olympic Trials 
Junior Year

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year

  • Zach and Rick McWhorter - 2021 NCAA Regionals

    Zach and Rick McWhorter - 2021 NCAA Regionals