Avila Getting Ready for Next Step

ASHLAND, Ore. — Eric Avila won an NAIA National Championship in the 1,500 in May. It was his last race as a member of the SOU track team, but Avila hasn’t stopped running. He ran in a few races this summer, highlighted by a tenth place finish in the finals of the US Track and … Continue reading »

Avila Takes 10th at T & F Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was just a few years ago Eric Avila wasn’t even running competitively. On Saturday, Avila finished 10th overall in the 1,500 meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. After a year at Northern Arizona University, Avila took two years off before joining Southern Oregon University’s cross … Continue reading »

SOU’s Avila Gets Centrowitz’s Attention

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 … Continue reading »

Avila Makes Most of Second Chance

ASHLAND, Ore. — “When the race ended I looked over and the crowd was going crazy,” said Eric Avila. “I kind of pointed at them to say thank you. They completely lifted me and then a couple of seconds later people started telling me, ‘Do you know what you ran?’” What Avila ran was the fastest … Continue reading »

Track Pits NAIA Stars Against NCAA

ASHLAND, Ore. — For almost every sport, scheduling is pretty simple. If you’re an NAIA football player, you’re almost exclusively playing against other NAIA schools. The same goes for basketball, baseball, pretty much every sport except for track and field. In track, the top athletes frequently get the chance to compete against NCAA Division One … Continue reading »