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School Sport: Coopers earn top marks at Oxford

Coopers pupil Daniel Kingsman passes the baton to James Bridgman during the 4x400m open relay at Iffley Road (pic: Mark Duncan) Coopers pupil Daniel Kingsman passes the baton to James Bridgman during the 4x400m open relay at Iffley Road (pic: Mark Duncan)

Friday, May 9, 2014
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Relay squads shine at prestigious event

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Coopers open girls 4x100m relay squad face the camera at Iffley Road (pic: Mark Duncan)Coopers open girls 4x100m relay squad face the camera at Iffley Road (pic: Mark Duncan)

Coopers Coborn pupils produced some of their best ever results at the prestigious Achilles Relays event held at Oxford’s iconic Iffley Road.

Marking the 60th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s sub-four minute mile, the event included the best public schools from across the country in Millfield, Rugby, Harrow, Reeds and Eton.

But Coopers showed fine form to break several school records, with the under-15 boys squad of Mayowa Osunsami, Adam Watson, Ewan Green and Haroon Bouazza finishing second in the 4x200m final in a new school best of 1min 39.5secs, just two seconds outside the UK club record.

Karl Tucker, Nick Shade, Nick Duffey and Daniel Kingsman finished second in the unique 4x110m hurdles event, where teams run in two lanes and tap teammates on the shoulder to change over, in a new school record of 74.8secs.

And there was a second-place finish for the 4x800m squad of Oliver Morter, Tom Keevil, Anthony Enye and Flynn Astbury, who clocked a school record of 9:19.2 but were just pipped to gold by Harrow.

The under-17 boys squad of Fred Houseago, Timi Kuye, George Daly and Tom Hill set a new school record of 1:38.5 in the 4x200m final, meanwhile.

The girls also shone, with the open 3x800m squad putting up a brave defence of their title despite being without the injured Lydia Hallam to take second.

Year eight duo Katie Mitchell and Rebecca Brown stepped up to the mark to keep them in the hunt before Isobel Ives ran a superb final leg to claim second.

The under-16s had their best ever result in the 4x100m, as Isobel McDonach, Grace Okunola, Isabella Purdie and Hannah Batty took second ahead of Bedford Modern, Oakham and Haileybury in a new school record of 53.3.

And the open girls squads finished third in the 4x100 and 4x200m events to complete a fine day.

Abi Shipton, Annie Maguire, Chenice Constable and Lucy Bailey combined to clock a new school record of 53.8 in the shorter event, while Constable, Ives, Maguire and Riva Siggins brought home the baton in 1:52.7 in the longer event.

Assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It was a fantastic event and competing in such an iconic stadium, near to the anniversary of the four-minute mile, helped our students to raise their performance levels even higher.

“The results definitely stand testament to this with eight school records being achieved - not bad!”

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