Former Middleton High runner qualifies for Olympic marathon

Carlos Trujillo, 30, won the Eugene Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 54 seconds to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August.

Trujillo — a four-time Idaho individual state champion at Middleton High and the 2008 Pac-10 10,000-meter champ at the University of Oregon — previously failed to qualify at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. He surpassed the standard by 6 seconds in Eugene and earned an opportunity to represent Guatemala, where his parents were born.

“This is the place that really launched my career as a runner,” Trujillo told the Eugene Register-Guard. “I knew coming back and trying to hit the standard here would be meaningful for myself and everyone that knows me.”