The University of Houston Track & Field program honored the memory of Cougars’ pole vaulter and George Ranch High School product Robert Platt Jr. Saturday during the Houston Alumni Invitational.
Platt’s mother Kaddie and father Robert were presented with championship rings from the 2019-20 American Athletic Conference Championships that are inscribed with Robert’s initials.
Platt name will forever be connected with the pole vault at Houston.
The Cougars installed a bench dedicated to Robert for the pole vault area inside the Yoeman Fieldhouse and Carl Lewis International Complex.
Also, the pole vault runaway in the Carl Lewis International Complex will now be named the Robert Allen Platt Jr. Memorial Pole Vault Runway.
Platt died in a boating accident in the Austin area in June 2019.
Robert was in his sophomore season at Houston, where he competed in 24 meets for the Cougars. Platt earned a bronze medal in the 6A state championship during his senior season at George Ranch.
Current George Ranch girls track and field coach Alicia Dutch and former Longhorns boys track and field coach Todd Dutch attended Saturday’s events.