Scottsbluff runner headed to the SEC

They are all Tigers! Willis-Teff, flanked by his parents Tuesday at SHS

It's a dream come true for Ben Willis-Teff. The Scottsbluff High School senior track and cross country performer is headed home for college.

Tuesday afternoon at the high school he signed a letter-of-intent to run track and cross country at the University of Missouri.

Willis-Teff will return to Columbia, the town he was born in, and he admitted he had dreamed of this day. "Yeah, it's been a dream," he said. "I love Columbia. Every time I visit it's a great experience. it will be fun being back in my home town."

He will run cross country and the 800 in track. He said he expects to redshirt for cross country next season, while running for the track team, he says, depends on how he prepares himself.

Willis-Teff has been part of three state championship cross country teams for the Bearcats and says he is hopeful he can win the state 800-meter championship this coming track season.

"My biggest highlight at Scottsbluff is being a part of three state championship cross country teams," he said. "I am going to miss my coaches and my teammates. They have been great."

Willis-Teff becomes the second Scottsbluff track and cross country performer of recent vintage to go D1. 2011 grad Aubree Worden started her career at Florida State. She is now running at Arkansas.

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