Alex Teuten helped deliver a proud victory for his country on his international bow.
The City of Portsmouth ace had a race he will never forget as he stepped up for England cross country duty in the Home Countries international in Wales.
Teuten stormed to a seventh-placed finish overall in Dinefwr – and that made him a key member of the English team who took the overall title.
Teuten’s time of 33min 33sec made him third finisher for England on a day to savour.
It represents a big breakthrough for the 21-year-old, who has been an impressive servant and key part of the City of Portsmouth set-up.
He has long been coached by Pat Butcher, before heading to university in Southampton where he does much of his training.
Butcher was delighted to see Teuten’s success and felt it was well deserved.
She said: ‘It was a really good effort and we are delighted for Alex.
‘From being a pain as an under-11 he has developed into a smashing fella!
‘Everyone at the club is over the moon at that success.
‘Maybe it wasn’t necessarily expected of him after the winter, which made it even better.
‘It’s a special moment to run for your country and I bet he will remember it for the rest of his days.
‘It’s going really well for Alex and he is a big part of the club.
‘It will give him a boost and the determination to now push on.’
Teuten’s success follows some strong performances at the British University and English Inter-County Championships in Birmingham.
His efforts drew praise from City coach Gerry North, who has a long and distinguished distance record as both an athlete and coach.
North said: ‘England were the winners and Alex was the third scorer in the winning team, so that is something to be proud of.
‘It’s been a good weekend for the club with performances like that and I hope there is plenty more to come.’