School Sport: Coopers triumph on track
19:30 12 June 2014
Upminster pupils shine at athletics event
Coopers Coborn pupils enjoyed more triumph on the track at the Lee Valley Outdoor Cup.
The boys squad were looking to emulate the success of the girls two earlier and proved up to the task as they clinched the title in style.
Year nine pupil Adam Watson ran the 300m in 38.86secs to collect 29 points for the cause, while Max Staines equalled his high jump best with a clearance of 1.60m.
James Turvey recorded a long jump of 5.21m, shattering his personal best by 20 centimetres, while Harvey Linnen took 20 seconds off his 800m best to finish in 2:28.00.
Daniel Sida clocked a new personal best of 2:41.00 in the year eight 800m as the Coopers A team finished with a grand total of 178 points.
The Upminster School also fielded a B team, which collected 118 points, and a C team, which was just behind on 117.
Meanwhile, the year seven A team placed fifth with 143 points, with the B team on 110 points and the C team on 91.
Their stand-out performers included Ebere Nnajiuba, who clocked 13.43 in the 75m hurdles, javelin thrower Neo Wren, who set a new personal best of 23.56m, and 800m runner James Wiltshire, who clocked a best of 2:39.00.
Assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “They did themselves very proud. This means the year nine boys earn a second trophy win in as many weeks after their success at Radley College.
“This event was the biggest single day competition we enter with 40 teams entered for the year nine competition and 35 entered for the year seven competition.
“The schools involved are some of the very best for athletics in the London and Essex regional.”
The elder Coopers squad finished ahead of King John and Southend, while the young group also pipped their rivals and also finished ahead of Newham’s St Bonaventure’s.
Duncan added: “It was a great fixture for the boys and well deserved results. They have been incredibly committed to training recently and are all starting to peak at the right time.
“Next week is the biggest test of the season so far as we compete for a National Final place at the Regional Finals in Hendon, with all four teams – junior boys, junior girls, intermediate boys and intermediate girls – all in action.”