Peeples fights through injury to win district title

Leander's Elizabeth Roca beat her own school record and won the district title in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 57.06


Even with an injury, Kyla Peeples was dominant. 

The Vandegrift junior, who has been nursing an injured back the entire season, won the district title for the second straight year in the girls’ high jump at the District 25-6A meet, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. 

“I’ve been working on recovering and training at the same time,” Peeples said. “I think it’s been getting better. It’s been rough because I haven’t been able to jump at high. I’m hoping in the two weeks break that we have between now and the area meet I’ll be able to recover and be at my best.”

Because of her injury, she was just getting over 5 feet but has slowing been increasing her height.

“I’m really excited and I feel really blessed to jump this high with an injury,” Peeples said. “I hope that I’ll be at 100 percent at area.”

Vandegrift sophomore Jordan Mathis won double gold in the distance races, taking the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:08.07 and the 3200-meter run in 11:16.95. 

The Lady Vipers also saw sophomore Nia Reneau win the district title in the triple jump with a jump of 36 feet, 4.5 inches. 

Vandegrift junior Shay Schaffner won the boys’ 200-meter dash with a time of 22.03 seconds, beating Vista Ridge senior Alan Palmer by .04 seconds. Dakota Kleffner won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.27 seconds. He also qualified for the area meet with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. 

Reese Watson dominated the boys’ triple jump for Vandegrift, winning the gold medal with a leap of 42 feet, 11 inches, more than a foot past the second-place finisher King Noah from Leander. 

The Lions’ top performance was from Elizabeth Roca, who beat her own school record and won the district title in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 57.06. 

Leander senior Gavin Davis was the only athlete to break the 50-second barrier as he won the gold medal in the 400-meter dash. The Lions also won the boys’ 4x100-meter relay, topping Vista Ridge by nearly a full second. 

Vista Ridge senior Devin Walker was the only Rangers to win a gold medal as he took the district title in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.83 seconds. 

The area meet begins Thursday morning at Gustafson Stadium in San Antonio. 

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6A Area Qualifiers


Xavier Dotson, 100-meter dash, 11.02

Gavin Davis, 400-meter dash, 49.98

Boys’ 4x100-meter relay, 42.18

Boys’ 4x400-meter relay, 3:29.88

King Noah, triple jump, 41 feet, 8 inches

Elizabeth Roca, 400-meter dash, 57.06

Lily Hatfield, 100-meter hurdles, 16.25

Girls’ 4x100-meter relay, 49.72

Girls’ 4x400-meter relay, 4:01.28

Elizabeth Roca, long jump, 15 feet, 7 inches

Busisiwe Banda, shot put, 32 feet, 8 inches


Shay Schaffner, 200-meter dash, 22.03

Alex Seybel, 800-meter dash, 1:59.72

Anthony Monte, 1600-meter run, 4:28.85

Anthony Monte, 3200-meter run, 9:31.71

Dakota Kleffner, 110-meter hurdles, 15.27

Kyren Woodley, 110-meter hurdles, 16.05

Dakota Kleffner, 300-meter hurdles, 39.78

Boys’ 4x200-meter relay, 1:31.25

Boys’ 4x400-meter relay, 3:29.42

Reese Watson, triple jump, 42 feet, 11 inches

Jonathan Scott, triple jump, 40 feet, 9.5 inches

Andrew Pena, pole vault, 11 feet, 6 inches

Myra Sherif, 200-meter dash, 26.38

Jordan Mathis, 1600-meter run, 5:08.07

Gemma Goddard, 1600-meter run, 5:14.42

Jordan Mathis, 3200-meter run, 11:16.95

Gemma Goddard, 3200-meter run, 11:30.13

Megan Whiting, 100-meter hurdles, 16.33

Girls’ 4x200-meter relay, 1:48.16

Kyla Peeples, high jump, 5-foot-6

Skylar Knitowski, long jump, 16 feet, 4.5 inches

Nia Reneau, triple jump, 36 feet, 4.5 inches

Ina Edstrom, pole vault, 11 feet

Savanna Ullmann, pole vault, 11 feet

Jules Mokry, discus, 98 feet, 6 inches

Vista Ridge 

Devin Walker, 100-meter dash, 10.83

Alan Palmer, 200-meter dash, 22.07

Nick Alfaro, 1600-meter run, 4:26.59

Treyvon Walker, 110-meter hurdles, 15.54 

Boys’ 4x100-meter relay, 42.89

Boys’ 4x200-meter relay, 1:31.48

Alan Palmer, high jump, 5-foot-10

Alan Palmer, long jump, 20 feet, 3.5 inches

Spencer Reed, pole vault, 11 feet, 6 inches

Alexis Jackson, 100-meter dash, 12.61

Alexis Jackson, 200-meter dash, 26.31

Girls’ 4x400-meter relay, 4:14.70

Bri Stewart, high jump, 5 feet