ALEX TEUTEN felt experience was the key as he won the BUCS Cross Country for the first time.
The 25-year-old former City of Portsmouth athlete silenced a vocal crowd who were cheering on his rivals in the prestigious British Universities and Colleges Sports race in Sheffield.
It continued his superb start to 2017 with international medal success and a run of podium finishes.
Teuten said: ‘To win the BUCS title is incredibly special for me.
‘This was my sixth BUCS cross country and I am sure it was the extra experience that made the difference.
‘It was firmly on my bucket list of objectives in my athletics career.
‘I never thought I had the ability to achieve it, though, and a lot of it is down to my fantastic coach, Rod Lock, and my family and friends.
‘I’m delighted to achieve it at the University of Southampton, where I’ve improved a lot as an athlete.
‘The BUCS race is a very unique experience.
‘Nearly 2,000 vocal students make the journey to the event, which makes for an electric atmosphere.
‘The crowds draw in tightly, often to within a metre of you.
‘This can be quite intimidating, and there was a little bit of heckling from rival supporters from St Mary’s university, who claimed places two, three and four behind me.
‘In a way, winning the race was the best way to silence their taunting which to me seemed unsporting in nature.’
Teuten continued his great winter with another cross country podium success on Sunday.
He finished third and was first England scorer in the Caceres international.
Teuten added: ‘It’s always an honour to represent and be first scorer for England, and to finish on the podium in that vest is an absolutely terrific feeling.’