Middle Tennessee State graduate Eliud Rutto is listed among the entries to run the 800m at the USATF Outdoor Championships on June 23-25 in Sacramento, CA. Rutto is a Kenyan-born athlete and appears to have earned U.S. citizenship through the U.S. Army program, according to his Facebook page. Rutto would be joining the likes of other top foreign-born athletes to earn U.S. citizenship through the U.S. Army program such as Paul Chelimo (3K/5K), Shadrack Kipchirchir (5K/10K), Leonard Korir (5K/10K), Hilary Bor (steeplechase), and Stanley Kebenei (steeplechase).
Rutto moved to Murfreesboro, TN, back in 2013 at the age of 18. While at Middle Tennessee State, Rutto he ran sub-1:46 three times with a personal best of 1:45.37. He also qualified for the NCAA championships in seven out of eight seasons.