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Vipers place in four track & field events at state

Vandegrift junior Anthony Monte placed at state in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races on May 11 and broke school records in both. Photos by Katherine Mathis

Three Vandegrift athletes placed within the top 10 in four events at the UIL State Track and Field Meet on May 10 – 11 at the University of Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium. Vandegrift junior Anthony Monte competed in 3200-meter race at 9:40 a.m. and then about 12 hours later at 9:35 p.m. he competed in the 1600-meter race on May 11. He broke school records in both, placing 4th at state in the 3200 and 8th in the 1600. “Anthony has been on quite a roll ever since he qualified for Nike Nationals back in November,” said VHS coach Colin Sully. Vandegrift senior and Abilene Christian pledge Kyla Peeples returned to the state meet a er a one-year absence, qualifying with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches. Peeples placed 7th in the high jump on Saturday morning. Jordan Mathis, junior, ran in the 3200-meter run for the Vipers at state and placed 9th on May 11. “Jordan and Kyla weren’t too pleased with their performance, but they represented us well and we are very proud of them,” Sully said. Other Leander ISD athletes from 5A Cedar Park, Glenn and Rouse high schools also competed in the state meet, which included thousands of students.

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