Lady Hornet is high jump champ despite foot fracture
by Mark K Campbell
The pressure was great – and she had a fractured foot.
Lady Hornet high jumper Elisha Peters faced a make-or-break leap at the windy Region I meet in Abilene April 26.
As one of three competitors still alive, all had missed clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Then her two rivals made the height.
Peters, with two misses, would likely miss out on a trip to state if she did succeed in her third effort.
She made it. Then she was the lone competitor to soar above 5-6 for the gold and a trip to Austin.
But that make-it-or-go-home leap was pressure-packed for the senior who was nursing a stress fracture – which made the decision to not try any more jumps after winning easy, coach Melody Dennis said.
Peters said of her nail-biting effort: “What was going through my mind is I have to make this or my track season is over for high school and I want to go further.
“I didn’t do anything different. I focused a little more and maybe adjusted my step a little more.”
Dennis said she thinks Peters is the best high jumper in the state in any classification.
A second Lady Hornet also will head to Austin, pole vaulter Sarah Hall.
As expected, Boswell’s exceptional vaulter won the event. Hall, clearing 12-0, locked up the second spot and will compete at UT.
Both Peters and Hall have been there already this year, at the March Texas Relays.
Several Hornets competed at the Region I event at McMurry University.
Distance runner Brian Collard already had his hands full as a competitor in the 3200 and 1600. Then, he also was pressed into service as the anchor leg of the 4×400 team.
Collard has his best effort in the 1600 where he picked up Azle’s lone point with a sixth place finish in 4.31.72.
The previous day, he clocked a 10:05.88 in the 3200, beating his 5-4A Lake Dallas rival, taking tenth.
In the 4×400, Michael Poe, Luke Leopold, Colton Bagwell, and Collard were timed in 3:26.68, tenth overall. The quartet did not make the finals.
Discus thrower Dane Riley finished 16th, tossing 123-4.