ALEX TEUTEN has achieved automatic selection to the Great Britain team for the European Cross-Country Championships
His hard work in training paid off with a brilliant second place at the trials in Liverpool.
That has earned him his first GB vest.
The former City of Portsmouth athlete is now looking forward to making the trip to Samorin, in Slovakia, for the race which takes place on Sunday, December 10.
He said: ‘I’ve dreamed of representing GB my entire athletic career and it’s finally a reality.’
The race was won by Ben Connor, of Derby, in 30min 18sec.
Teuten, who now represents Southampton, finished second in 30.20 and took some big scalps in what was pretty much an unofficial British Championships.
Sam Stabler finished third (30.26) with Swansea’s experienced GB athlete Dewi Griffiths fourth and Andrew Butchart fifth (30.37).
Southampton’s talented under-23 athlete Mahamed Mahamed showed his potential as he finished sixth in the senior race (30.40).
Andy Vernon, who is on his way back to full fitness after injury, was eighth in 30.45.
City of Portsmouth’s rising star Lachlan Wellington, 16, stepped up to the under-20 race and finished in a superb sixth position.
He ran a brilliant, controlled race.
The City talent, coached by Vince Stamp, will now wait until Wednesday for the official team declaration to see if he is named by the Great Britain selectors in the under-20 age group.