Eric Avila

Birthday: 10/03/89 Mile PR: 3:55.43 - 2018
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 3:35.60 - 2021
High School: Bonita Vista HS
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
College: Southern Oregon University ‘14
Current Residence: San Diego, CA

Team: Golden Coast Track Club

Eric Avila won the 2021 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships hosted by the Grand Blue Mile, clocking 3:59.0 for his first national title, and in late June, Eric placed 7th at the U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters in 3:38.20.

In late February 2019, he finished runner-up at the USA Indoor 2 Mile Championship. 

In 2018, Eric had a breakout year. In February, he won the Millrose Games Invite Mile, clocking 3:57.45. At the USA Road Mile Championships in April, he was national runner-up, and few days later, he won the Drake Relays Hy-Vee Mile in 3:58.81. In August, Avila won the Ed Murphey Memphis Mile, shattering the Tennessee state record with his 3:55.43 personal record in a thrilling race. He also finished runner-up in the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018 and produced the men's Tour performance of the year.

At Southern Oregon University, Avila was 4-time national champion and 6-time All-American.

FUN FACT: Eric has earned an Eagle Scout medal & badge.

News

Hiltz, Murphy win adidas Boost Boston Games road Mile

May 23, 2021

"Felt great to be able to close down the last 400, and finish with some confidence 4 weeks out from Trials."

WATERTOWN, Mass. - The 2021 adidas Boost Boston Games kicked off with middle distance action Sunday morning at Watertown outside the city center. The nation’s fastest high schoolers...

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Avila, Schneider Capture USATF 1 Mile Road Championship Crowns

April 21, 2021

First time national titlists pocket $3000 each in Des Moines; $15,000 overall awarded to the top 10

From Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa — In exciting races, rising stars Eric Avila and Rachel Schneider captured the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships presented by Toyota Wednesday night on the...

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Focus on the U.S. Men’s 1500 Scene

April 02, 2021

Whoever shows up on the starting line at Hayward Field, rest assured the guys will put on a great show at the U.S. Olympic Trials

By Jeff Hollobaugh, Track & Field News

It's not outlandish to project that one of the most-anticipated events at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials will be the men’s 1500....

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A Day in the Life: Eric Avila

April 11, 2019

"We value recovery. If you’re tired, there’s a reason. If you don’t have it today, go home."

From Runner's World / adidas

Here's a movie pitch for you: A late-blooming high school state champion goes to college, gets arrested, flunks out, labors as a landscaper, gets a second chance, earns...

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Avila, Osika set Tennessee records at Ed Murphey Memphis Mile

August 26, 2018

BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018 fourth stop awards $19,500; next stop Minnesota Mile on Friday, September 7

By Taylor Dutch, Runner's World

The second annual Ed Murphey Memphis Mile saw two Tennessee records fall under the lights Saturday night at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. Both...

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Masters, Lipari Win First USA Titles at Grand Blue Mile

April 24, 2018

9th event edition awards $25,000 national championship purse; first stop on the BBTM Grand Prix #Tour2018

From Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa – In down-to-the-wire exciting finishes, Riley Masters and Emily Lipari bested their respective fields to win the 9th Grand Blue Mile, the USATF 1 Mile...

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Avila Finds Redemption, First Sub-4 Mile, at Jim Ryun Meet

June 06, 2014

“My hope is this will be the genesis of things to come. We’ve started a little spark that could grow into a fire — and grow the sport back.” - Jim Ryun

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego

Chula Vista native Eric Avila pointed to the crowd on the homestretch and leaped as he crossed the finish...

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