EUGENE, Ore. – Eric Avila already proved he can compete with the top collegiate runners in the nation when he set the best time in the 5,000 Meter Run at the Stanford Invitational earlier this month. On Saturday, Avila established his presence among the best overall runners in the country. Avila finished 0.33 seconds behind former NCAA Champion and silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships Matthew Centrowitz. Avila actually led heading into the final lap, but the former Oregon star pulled away down the stretch. NewsWatch 12 spoke with Centrowitz after the race about SOU’s budding superstar.