Former GR athlete Platt killed in boat accident

George Ranch’s Robert Platt clears the bar in the 2017 UIL state track meet, finishing in third place in the pole vault.

A former George Ranch pole vaulter died in a boating accident in the Austin area on Wednesday night.

Robert Platt Jr. of Sugar Land was killed in a boat crash on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Texas game wardens. The Crown Line runabout boat was carrying nine people when it crashed. The accident happened on the Colorado River arm of the lake in Burnet County, east of Kingsland.

No other injuries were reported, while an investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been ordered, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Platt, 20, was on the University of Houston men’s track team the last two years. His mother, Kaddie, was the head volleyball coach at Houston from 2012 to 2019.

“I cannot express how devastated everyone in the Houston Track & Field program is. Robert was an outstanding young man, and our team was blessed to have him as a part of it for two years,” UH track & field head coach Leroy Burrell said in a statement from UH athletics.

“We share our condolences with Kaddie, their family and friends, and all who knew and loved Robert.”

Platt was a member of the George Ranch track team from 2015 to 2017, winning a bronze medal in Class 5A boys pole vault for George Ranch at the 2017 state track meet. He also had back-to-back second-place finishes in the district meet in 2015 and 2016.

“I’m so lost for words right now,” George Ranch varsity boy’s track coach Todd Dutch tweeted after hearing about the accident. “Our athletes are like our kids and as a coach, when you lose one.

“I can’t put into words. I love you Robert!!!”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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