High School and Mt Aspiring College were in top form at the Otago Southland Schools Mountain Biking Championships at the weekend.

Coronet Peak hosted the first round of the competition in perfect conditions.

Dunstan High School’s Hayley Harris was first to hit the winning streak on Saturday, returning the fastest time in the girls downhill (3min 39sec).

Queenstown riders dominated the boys’ downhill.

Noah White won the under-14 category (3min 8sec) and Rory Meek claimed the under-16 title and fastest time of the day (2min 52sec).

The boys open downhill division was won by Queenstown’s Ben Blewitt (2min 54sec).

However, Dunstan High School dominated the boys’ cross-country division on Sunday.

Eddie Adams won the open category with the fastest lap of 10min 3sec.

The under-16 cross-country category was won by Dunstan pupil Cooper Millwood.

Mt Aspiring College offered the biggest cross-country chasing pack and were rewarded with a win by Arnoud Mackenzie in the under-14 category.

In the girls’ cross-country, riders from three schools topped the podium as Paige Adams from Terrace School, Nico Petit from Mt Aspiring College and Zara Mackley from Wakatipu High School won their categories.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr was thrilled with the quality of racing.

“The racing was to a very high standard and there is no doubt we will see several of these riders on the international circuit in years to come,” Mr Kerr said.

“While the field was impacted by Covid it was still competitive and feedback from riders and parents was that they were stoked to have a race at all.”

The competition replaced the cancelled South Island Schools event. This race will be at Coronet Peak in March 2023.

Two further rounds of the Otago-Southland championships are scheduled for Dunedin and Invercargill in the leadup to nationals in October.