TWIN FALLS — Muamer Mujic and Brison Tilo play for rival high school track programs, but they will compete on the same team in college.
Mujic, a Twin Falls High School senior, and Tilo, a senior at Canyon Ridge, signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of college track’s regular signing period. Both athletes are headed Weber State University.
Though Mujic and Tilo will be on the same college team, they will compete in much different events. Mujic is a sprinter, and Tilo is a thrower.
Mujic’s career with the Bruins has been decorated, and he still has more than a month to go in his senior season. Last spring, he earned four gold medals at the 4A state championships. He won the boys 100-meter dash (10.79 seconds), the 200 (21.98), the 4x100 relay (42.43) and the 4x200 relay (1:28.9).
Those marks in the relays — which Mujic ran with Connor Bradley, Preston Meyerhoeffer and Tychius Schneider — set school records. His personal-best times in the 100 (10.74) and 200 (21.98) are only about 0.3 seconds behind the school records in each category.
Mujic plans to compete in all four sprinting events in college, and Weber State’s first-year men’s track coach Corbin Talley said Mujic will likely run on the Wildcats’ men’s 4x100 relay team as a freshman.
“He has a lot of raw talent, a lot of raw speed,” Talley said over the phone. “He’s got a lot of fire, a lot of passion, a lot of intensity for the sport. He wants to be fast, and he is fast.”
Talley first contacted Mujic last summer. Before long, Mujic received scholarship offer, and he committed last week. Mujic said the scholarship will cover 100 percent of his tuition.
“I’m pretty surprised, especially from a DI school,” Mujic said Wednesday. “I thought 90, 80 percent was a lot. It still is a lot, but a full-ride is pretty impressive.”
The only other Division I school to make Mujic an offer, he said, was Portland State. He said the University of Idaho also spoke to him, as did a handful of schools at the Division II, Division III and junior college levels.
The money and the level played large roles in Mujic’s decision to sign with Weber State, but other factors endeared him to the Wildcats.
“When I first stepped on the campus, it changed me,” Mujic said. “I really liked the school. They had a nice indoor facility, outdoor was nice, coaches there were super nice. They know your name, they know your background information.”
Tilo also visited Weber State’s campus, and he was accompanied by a rival of sorts.
Tilo finished second to Skyline’s Daniel Helsley in the boys 4A state discus last spring, and the margin was a mere three feet. Helsley also signed with the Wildcats on Wednesday, and he and Tilo visited Weber State on the same weekend.
Though he wants to exact revenge this spring, Tilo said the visit with Helsley was peaceful.
“He’s a keep-to-himself kind of guy,” Tilo said Wednesday.
Tilo had interest from several other Division I schools, he said, including Idaho State, Montana State and Colorado State. But he was drawn the Wildcats, partly because they offered him a scholarship that covered 80 percent of his tuition, he said.
“I always wanted to go to a DI school,” he said. “I really liked their coaching staff, and the athletes and the students that went there were really cool.”
Tilo, like Mujic and most track athletes, first caught Talley’s eye with his marks. In addition to discus, Tilo has competed in the shot put and hammer throw, and he hopes to do all three at Weber State.
Talley was also impressed with Tilo’s size — especially his long arms — and his character.
“Brison’s an extremely nice kid. Humble and hard-working,” Talley said. “He’s ready to take off in college.”