In June, hundreds of athletes will descend on Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. While only the upcoming spring season will tell if Adam Bragg ’16 will qualify for the collegiate pole vault championship, he will definitely be heading to Eugene at least once this year — the U.S. Olympic Trials are set to be held there in July.
“The goal is to go out there and win a national championship for Princeton,” Bragg said, “and then compete two weeks later for a chance to represent the U.S.”
At least 24 pole vaulters will attend the Olympic Trials, but just three will make the team for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Despite these odds, Bragg, who qualified by clearing 5.65 meters at the Fastrack National Invitational Feb. 12, is “pretty confident” in his chances, especially if his training keeps progressing as planned. Continue reading