Local running legend Bobby Curtis fell short in his bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team Friday night.
The 12-time state champion from St. Xavier High School racing in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Trials in cold, rainy Eugene, Oregon. He had finished one-spot out of qualifying for the World Championships. The top three qualify for the Olympic Games a month from now in London.
It didn't happen tonight for Curtis. He lost contact with the leaders in the second half of the race and finished well back
Oregon grad Galen Rupp ran away to win it in a meet-record 27 minutes, 25.33 seconds.
Rupp broke the trials record of 27:36.49 set by Meb Keflezghi in 2004. It was the third-best time for an American in the event this year.
Matt Tegenkamp was second at 27:33.94, and Dathan Ritzenhein was third in 27:36.09, putting both on the U.S. team for the London Games.
Ritzenhein's mark gave him the "A" standard (27:45.00) needed to make the team