ABBEY Kueri keeps up a smile, taking second in the senior girls’ division. Photos James Sandbrook OB4793-03

OPOTIKI College students sporting house colours took to the dunes trail yesterday for a cross-country run.

While these students competed, running up to six kilometres, others went to town with rubbish bags to clean up.

A full ute-load of rubbish was collected by about 100 students.

Residents took to social media with photos and videos praising the students, who covered various routes between the college and War Memorial Park.

Deputy principal Robyn Abraham-Harris said the students had enjoyed themselves in both activities, returning to school with big smiles.

“It’s great for the community to see a lot of really neat stuff going on at the college, and we have some really neat kids,” she said. “It was a very successful spirit day.”

Letisha White and Keani Tai also broke records in the cross-country senior and junior girls’ categories respectively.

Keani accomplished this feat wearing sandals, which are not known for giving runners a competitive edge.

Representing their school and respective houses, all students met for a barbecue lunch at the War Memorial Park Sports Pavilion.

Cross-country results:

Senior girls: 1, Letisha White – new record; 2, Abbey Kurei; 3, Shakyia Takamore.
Senior boys: 1, Manuka Williams; 2, Storm Rahi; 3, Tahana Bennett.
Junior girls: 1, Keani Tai – new record; 2, Oceana Kora; 3, Payton Mokomoko-Iles.
Junior boys: 1, Lachlan White; 2, Kauri Gloyn; 3, Neihana Ngatai.