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Coopers girls claim national cross-country title as school is ranked top for sport again

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 November 2018

Coopers intermediate girls at the National Cross-Country Cup finals

Coopers intermediate girls at the National Cross-Country Cup finals

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Coopers Coborn's intermediate girls were crowned champions at the National Cross-Country Cup finals on an amazing day at Woodbridge School.

Coopers intermediate girls celebrate their National Cross-Country Cup winCoopers intermediate girls celebrate their National Cross-Country Cup win

And the junior boys walked off with bronze medals, while the junior girls finished fourth in the country after a superb set of performances.

The three Coopers teams came through Essex and regional rounds and sent squads of six to Suffolk, where the first four to finish counted towards scores.

And the intermediate girls extended their unbeaten run by dominating their rivals to win by 20 points from Millfield School and lift the title for the first time in 13 years.

Abbie Ives led the way with a superb silver-medal run, with Natalie Sewell not far behind in 10th place as Sydney Foley (18th) and Chloe Rand (32nd) completed the scoring quartet, with Alice Brown (43rd) and Alice Atkins (102nd) also in action.

Coopers junior boys at the National Cross-Country Cup finalsCoopers junior boys at the National Cross-Country Cup finals

And for Ives, Foley, Brown and Atkins it proved a fantastic way to finish, having qualified each year since joining Coopers.

The junior boys gave their all in a determined display, with a quick start putting them among the leaders before the challenging hilly part of the course.

Frank Lewis was first home in 15th, pipping Harry Lewis (16th), as Zach Bridges (22nd) and Noel Moore (46th) saw Coopers to their second-highest result ever.

Seb Alexandru (102nd) and Daniel Lammas (147th) also wore the school vest with pride.

Coopers junior boys won bronze at the National Cross-Country ChampionshipsCoopers junior boys won bronze at the National Cross-Country Championships

The junior girls all finished inside the top 65 in a field of 158 to show their strength in depth.

Freya Long (18th) was their first runner ome, as Ruby Naughton (24th), Stephanie Okoro (35th) and Charlotte Evans (39th) completed the scoring quartet.

Hannah Evans (41st) and Ruby Willson (63rd) also impressed and assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It was a day to remember. Cross-country continues to go from strength to strength at the school and these results are very well deserved due to the dedication to training of all students involved.”

*Coopers was named the top state school for sport in 2018, for the second time in three years, after winning five national titles (athletics, gymnastics, biathlon) and reaching 31 finals during the last academic year.

Coopers junior girls at the National Cross-Country ChampionshipsCoopers junior girls at the National Cross-Country Championships

The Upminster school saw 119 teams fulfil 536 fixtures across 16 sports, with a grand total of 8,350 student representations.

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