Turns out, great things can happen while relaxing on the couch.

Turns out, great things can happen while relaxing on the couch.

Just ask Jonathan McUne, whose afternoon of reclining last summer spiraled into an NCAA Division I track scholarship.

The North Medford senior took an interest in Weber State University as he watched a replay of the NCAA cross country championships on television. He eventually got up from the couch, Googled the school's track and field program and made a call to the athletic department.

About a week later, the 18-year-old McUne heard back from Dan Dean, an assistant at Weber State.

"We started talking," said McUne, who officially signed with the Wildcats on Tuesday.

Soon enough, track season arrived and McUne was on Weber State's radar screen. In March, he and his father, Jon, met some of the coaching staff and toured the campus in Ogden, Utah.

"It was overwhelming," McUne said of the visit. "Everything was so welcoming. To be that far away from home and have everything feel so comfortable, it felt like the right place to be."

This season, McUne took fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.78 seconds at the Class 6A state championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

He leaves the Black Tornado program No. 2 all-time in the high hurdles with a mark of 14.64.

"(McUne) is a coach's dream," North Medford head track coach Piet Voskes said. "He works hard and he is a pleasure to be around. He is the whole package."

McUne said he will likely participate in the 400 hurdles and 110 hurdles for the Wildcats, whose men and women both captured fifth place at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month.

Weber State is at the NCAA West preliminary rounds in Eugene this week.

McUne said he may compete as early as next season.

"They needed to fill some spots for hurdlers, so I think it was good timing for both of us," McUne said.

And to think — it all started with a day on the couch.

"I didn't even know they were a Division I program at first," McUne said. "When I found out I got excited because I had been looking at a lot of D2 and D3 schools, not that they weren't good schools. I wanted to go to the next level where I could be pushed and now I have that chance."

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com