Grantsville senior Wyatt Teggins checked off every box on his dream school to run for as he signed a national Letter-of-Intent to compete for Colorado Mesa University, a Division II school located in Grand Junction, Colorado.
“I’ve always dreamed about running in college. I always wanted to go out of state and have new experiences and wanted to run somewhere with good elevation,” Teggins said. “So, this opportunity at Colorado Mesa University is perfect.”
Grand Junction, Colorado, sits at 4,583 feet above sea level, almost 300 feet higher than Grantsville’s 4,304-foot elevation.
“The campus and town have a small-town feel but have several major stores and resources,” Teggins added. “It is a beautiful area, and I am very excited to go run for them.”
Colorado Mesa enrolls approximately 11,000 students, and the Mavericks compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with teams from Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah: Adams State, Black Hills State, Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Dixie State, MSU Denver (Metro State), New Mexico Highlands, Regis, South Dakota Mines, UC-Colorado Springs, Western Colorado and Westminster.
Teggins, son of Dave and Sally Teggins of Grantsville, has dreamed about running in college for a long time and knew “if I worked hard, I could make it happen.” This past spring during the track season, his times started to fall in the “not-only-a-dream, but-a-possibility” range and have only continued to improve through the fall cross-country season.
“I was injured for two track seasons and only really had one good season, but even with my injury my times were really good last spring,” Teggins said.
At the Class 3A state cross-country meet in October, Teggins continued to show great improvement and finished 14th overall with a time of 16 minutes, 49.2 seconds as the No. 2 runner for Grantsville. Each year at state, he bettered his standings and times. As a junior in 2018, he was 38th crossing the finish line in 17:51.3 as the Cowboys’ No. 5 runner, and as a sophomore he placed 50th in 18:24.8 in the No. 6 spot for Grantsville.
Just last weekend at the Nike Cross Regional in Arizona against high school teams from Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona, Teggins ran a personal record for a 3.1-mile course in 16:25, demonstrating that he only continues to get faster and faster.
Grantsville cross country coach Scott Mouritsen praised Teggins’ determination and hard work.
“Wyatt is an amazing young man who always believed that he could achieve his dream of running at the next level,” Mouritsen said. “It has been so fun to watch his sheer determination and hard work pay off as he has overcome so many obstacles along the way. I am so very proud of him.”
Teggins, in turn, praised the Grantsville coaching staff and his teammates for helping him reach his dream.
“I really want to thank the coaches and my teammates at Grantsville. Coach Morty (Scott Mouritsen), Coach Hansen and Coach Lansdowne have really helped me get to the next level. It’s impressive that they have not only one kid (Porter Whitworth), but two headed to the next level. My teammates have been amazing and really helped to push me as well.”