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River Mill Elementary School student Parker Trujillo is one of 42 racers his age to qualify

COURTESY PHOTO - Parker Trujillo, 9, is one of 42 competitors his age that will race in the upcoming  Rocky Mountain TV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

An Eagle Creek resident is one of 42 young racers in his age range who qualified for a national competition.

Parker Trujillo, 9, will participate in the Rocky Mountain TV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

"I was really happy (when I found out I qualified)," said Trujillo, who will be entering fourth grade at River Mill Elementary School this fall. "I trained a bunch, and now I made it."

In June, Trujillo placed fourth in a race in Washougal, Wash., where the top participants were invited to the championship competition.

It's Trujillo's first time at nationals, and he's excited about the event.

"My friends went last year, and they said it was a lot of fun," he said. "It's cool because it's a three-day format. Usually you just race one day."

He's also looking forward to meeting new people in Tennessee.

"You get to race kids from everywhere," he said.

Trujillo said he wasn't surprised he qualified for the championship.

"I thought I was going to race for a long time, so I knew I'd make it at least once," he said.

Since he began racing at the age of 5, Trujillo has participated in a variety of competitions throughout Oregon and neighboring states.

He also participates in the PIR League, which frequently hosts competitions at the

Portland International Raceway.

In March, Trujillo took fourth place in the KTM Jr. Supercross in Houston, during which youth riders raced during halftime at a professional competition and were televised on NBC Sports.

Trujillo plans on racing for many years to come.

"I like racing. All the fast kids are there," he said.

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