School Sport: Coopers enjoy good finish
15:00 13 March 2014
Pupils impress at final cross-country event
Coopers Coborn’s cross-country squads shone at their final event of the season at Harrow School.
The open girls squad finished sixth out of 20 teams in the South East Schools race and were led home by Rebecca Brown in 17th place, who ran the 2.25-mile course in 16mins 33secs.
The junior boys finished seventh ahead of the likes of Eton, Brighton College and Wellington, as Oliver Morter took 16th place in a time of 14.39.
And the intermediate boys battled to 12th place out of 23 teams over 3.6 miles, with key runners unavailable due to rugby commitments, as Ben Davis came home first in 54th in 24.51 despite almost losing a shoe in mud when running through farmland.
The senior boys tackled a 4.5-mile course and a superb display of teamwork saw them finish eighth, their best of the season.
Cheyenne Antoine-Chagar was first home in 26th place in 29.34, as Nick Shade, Andrew Holland and Ethan Pang made their final appearances for the school.
Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “The amount of commitment these boys have give to Coopers running over the past seven years has been unbelievable.
“They have competed in over 50 hard races for the school - including a National Final - and are role models and trail blazers for other younger students to follow.
“I would like to personally thank them for their incredible hard-work and enthusiasm to the sport.
“It’s the second year we have been invited to this extremely prestigious event and it was certainly a highlight to finish on.
“It involves the best public schools at cross country running in the South East of England and we managed to put out a competitive team despite the fact that our sides were weakened due to the fact six runners had been picked to run for Essex at the Inter-Counties event in Birmingham on the same day.”
*Coopers pupils shone at the East London Sportshall Athletics finals at the Copper Box.
The year eight girls came out on top in their section with 241 points, while the year sevens finished second with 207.
Both teams qualified for the London Youth Games finals at Crystal Palace on April 1 as a result, but the year seven boys just missed out after finishing third with 202 points.