Galen Rupp's an Oregon boy through and through, and he's proud.
"I'm a proud Oregon boy," said Rupp. "I grew up here in Portland, went to the University of Oregon and Central Catholic High School. I've lived here all my life so it's a tremendous honor to represent this state and especially a state that has such a rich tradition in distance running."
The Portland native attended Central Catholic High School, where he led his team to back-to-back cross-country titles in 2002 and 2003. He also racked up three individual championships: the 300 meter in 2003 and 2004, as well as the 1500m in 2004. Rupp broke state records for the 1500 meter with a time of 3:45.30 and the mile 4:01.8. He received "High School Athlete of the Year" honors in 2004 by Track and Field news.
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Following his high school career, Rupp remained in state, attending the University of Oregon. He earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. He won the 10,000m in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field championships with a time of 27:52.53, and was eventually awarded The Bowerman award in 2009, which is collegiate track & field's highest honor.
While attending college in Eugene, he continued a long legacy of elite track and field production from the state.
"Steve Prefontaine. Bill Bowerman. Nike. They were all started here in Oregon and proud Oregonians," said Rupp. "It's really just an honor for me to continue that legacy and hope to inspire future Oregonians that they can be Olympians themselves one day."
Rupp became the first back-to-back marathon trials winner since two-time Olympic medalist Frank Shorter in 1972-1976 when he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the third-fastest winning trials time in history.
He was slated to run in the Olympic Games this summer but the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo got suspended until summer 2021.
Watch out for the kid from Portland running on the big stage next summer.
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Former Duck Galen Rupp calls representing Oregon 'a tremendous honor' originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest