Year 11 students Harrison Boyd and Jayden Padgham struck gold and silver at Saturday’s running of Athletics Australia’s national cross-country championships.

The dynamic duo clocked times of 20.10 and 20.14 to be Australia’s fastest in the under-18 6km showdown at Oakbank in the Adelaide hills.

It was a record tally of eight athletes from Bendigo Region selected for the national XC titles.

Boyd and Padgham, who race for Bendigo Harriers and Bendigo University Pride respectively, were third and fourth across the line in a race where two New Zealanders led the way.

It added to a superb year for the Bendigo duo who starred at various distances on the track and raced for Bendigo Bats in the XCR series.