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SCHOOL SPORT: Oxon girls are champs
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
Oxfordshire's Adela Hussain, Hayley Perrin and Lucy Hooper struck team gold at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
They were crowned national champions in the senior girls’ heptathlon with 11,405 points, finishing ahead of Kent – the only other county to complete the event – on 10,266.
Hussain, who is now at Brunel University, led the way for Oxon by finishing ninth with 4,096 points as West Midlands’ Katie Stainton took gold with 5,047.
Hayley Perrin, of Bartholomew School, Eynsham, was 13th with 3,874, and Hooper, of John Mason School, Abingdon, completed the triumphant trio by finishing 18th with 3,435.
Oxon led from the start with Hussain setting a personal best of 15.79secs in the opening 100m hurdles.
Perrin shone in the high jump with a clearance of 1.55m as Oxon increased their lead over Kent and Lancashire.
Oxon maintained their advantage in the shot, and with Lancashire’s third athlete, Rhiann Beaumont, failing to start the 200m, the team competition became a two-county race.
Perrin led the way with 5.13m in the long jump, which opened day two, and with the Oxon trio out-throwing their Kent counterparts in the javelin, gold was virtually guaranteed.
Oxfordshire’s first senior girls’ title since 2001 was sealed in the 800m with Hussain winning her heat in 2mins 35.56secs, while Hooper produced a personal best 2mins 51.40secs.
Senior girls – 9 A Hussain (100mH: 15.79pb; high jump: 1.52; shot: 8.77; 200m: 26.18; long jump: 4.75; javelin: 24.08pb; 800m: 2.35.56) 4,096pts. 13 H Perrin (100mH: 16.18; high jump: 1.55; shot: 7.35; 200m: 28.13; long jump: 5.13; javelin: 27.12; 800m: 2.45.71) 3,874pts. 18 L Hooper (100mH: 16.85pb; high jump: 1.46; shot: 6.89; 200m: 27.04; long jump: 4.75; javelin: 18.80; 800m: 2.51.40pb) 3,435pts. Team: 1 Oxon 11,405pts.
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