Hughes To Represent Great Britain at European Combined Events Team Championships

Hughes To Represent Great Britain at European Combined Events Team Championships

European Combined Events Team Championships Website
British Athletics Release

Rising sophomore Zoe Hughes was one of eight standouts selected to represent British Athletics at the European Combined Events Team Championships in the Super League on July 1-2 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Held bi-annually, every summer outside of an Olympics season, the European Combined Events Team Championships features combination of scores from the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon to find the winning nation along with two individual champions. Hughes will attempt to qualify for the European Junior Championships at this event.

"This is a great recognition of the hard work and dedication Zoe has made to the sport she loves," said The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jason Saretsky. "We are incredibly proud of all that she has achieved this year both in the classroom and athletically and wish her continued success this summer."

"We are proud of Zoe, the growth she's made these last several months and how she has learned to approach challenges," said associate head coach Kebba Tolbert. "She has had a very strong first year at Harvard. Zoe competed for the United Kingdowm at the World Youth Championships in 2015 but being selected for an international senior team is a tremendous honor and opportunity. She is very close to the standard her federation uses as a guideline to select the European Junior Championships team later this summer and this will give her another opportunity to reach that standard (5450 points)." 

A native of Hornchurch, England, Hughes enjoyed a historic freshman year for Harvard, dominating the multi-events against Ivy competition in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Hughes became the third Harvard student-athlete to earn both the Ivy Outdoor Heps heptathlon title and the Ivy Indoor Heps pentathlon crown, joining Shannon Flahive (2009), and Mariquita Patterson (1982). Hughes has the second best marks in school history in the heptathlon (5444 points) and pentathlon (4093 points).

Hughes earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors after placing 10th at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the pentathlon. She earned USTFCCCA Northeast Women's Field Athlete of the Year honors at the conclusion of her standout indoor campaign.