Eric Avila

Eric is a 2014 Graduate of Southern Oregon University, where he competed in track and Cross country for 3 seasons. He entered high school playing his first love of soccer, but soon discovered his potential in running after winning the class PE mile. Before graduating he would go on to win the 2007 California State Title over 3200m. Eric briefly attended Northern Arizona before finding his way to the Cascade mountain range where he garnered 4 NAIA National titles for Southern Oregon University, under Coach Grier Gatlin.

After Graduation from SOU Eric qualified for his first USA Outdoor Track Championships in the 1500m, where he was a finalist. Following that performance Eric hired Ray Flynn of Flynn Sports Management to guide his Professional career. Not long after Hoka One One decided to partner with Ray Flynn and Eric for his future running endeavors Eric connected with Team Run Eugene.

In the fall of 2015 Eric officially joined Team Run Eugene. Under the guidance of 2008 Olympian Ian Dobson and support of T.R.E., Eric made the Finals in the Mens 1500m at the 2016 US Olympic Trials.


Represents: USA
Birthday: 10/03/89
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Bonita Vista
College: Southern Oregon University
Twitter: @ericavila89
Instagram: @ericavila89
Snapchat: @GoAviGo

Personal Bests

800: 1:48.82
1500: 3:36.37
Mile: 3:56.50
3000m: 7:54.47
5000m: 13:43.05

Major Accomplishments:

  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Finalist 1500m
  • 2014 USATF Finalist 1500m
  • 2014 NAIA Champion 1500m
  • 2013 NAIA Cross Country Champion
  • 2013 & 2014 NAIA DMR Champion
  • 2007 California State Champion 3200m
  • Eagle Scout