Adam Avila
Adam Avila
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Cathedral HS
Position: Distance

After claiming Big West Silver in the 3,000m Steeplechase as a sophomore, Avila repeated the effort in 2015, helping the Gauchos take the top-two conference spots in the event. Using back-to-back sub-nine minute efforts in the event over the course of seven days, Avila qualified for the NCAA First Round with a personal best time of 8:59.40. 

2016 Cross Country

Competited in six meets for his final cross campaign as a Gaucho. Turned some heads at the Stanford Invitational by dropping a 23:36.4 for the 8k course, finishing 6th overall. Clocked in another hot performance by running 23:45.9 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational for 5th. Captured his highest finish at the Big West Conference Meet with a 4th place finish in 24:54.7. Closed out the season with one last huge performance at the NCAA West Regional Meet where he finished in the top-25 for All-Region honors with a 19th place finish in 30:04.5.

2015-2016 Track

Redshirt year. Dropped a full six seconds off his 1500m personal best running 3:53.42 at the 38th Annual Aztec Invitational. Also lowered his 5000m best by twenty one seconds, running 14:23.79 at the 2016 Oxy Invitational. 

2015 Cross Country

#5 for the Gauchos at the Big West Championship, finishing 13th overall. This performance secured the second Big West Championship in a row for the Men's team. Set a new personal best for 8k of 24:21.0 at the Pre-Nationals Meet in Louisville, KY. Finished the season with a 32:47.9 performance at the NCAA West Regional Meet in Seattle. 

2014-2015 Track
After opening the season with a 9:16.70 steeple win at the All-UC, Avila went on to record back-to-back sub-nine efforts in the event, both within a one week span. Breaking out at the Big West Challenge Cup, Avila unloaded over the last three laps, breaking the tape at 8:59.40. One week later he found himself toeing the line at the Mt. Sac Relays. Running in the Collegiate/Open section, he again dipped under nine minutes, finishing at 8:59.60 to place seventh overall. Avila now ranks #8 All-Time in UCSB history in the 3000m steeplechase. Also lowered his 5k track PR to 14:44.41 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Executed an inspiring performance at the conference championships, running side by side with teammate Bryce Rausa for the latter half of the 3000m steeplechase which was rewarded with another 2nd place finish, going 1-2 with Rausa in a time of 9:02.99. 

2014 Cross Country
Ran #6 for the Gauchos at the Big West Championship, finishing in 11th overall with a 24:33.3 8k effort. Avila finished ahead of five other teams' #1 runners at the championship meet, illustrating the Gauchos' depth enroute to their team title. Steadily worked his way up through the running order after running #9 at the UC Riverside Invitational to open his sophomore season with a 25:38.5 performance. Broke into the top-five at Pre Nationals, finishing in the #5 slot with a 25:49.4 clip, placing 156th overall. Ran #7 for the Gauchos at the NCAA West Regional with a 31:24.0 showign over the 10k course. 

2013-2014 Track
Avila contested a total of 12 races during the outdoor campaign, finishing in the top-five six times. PR'd in each of his five outings in the 3000m steeplechase. Ran a personal best at the Big West Championship in the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:10.03, capturing the silver medal. Took an important 2nd for the Gauchos at the Cal Poly Dual in the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:14.10. 

2013 Cross Country
Ran in four races for the Gauchos.  Turned in an eye opening performance at the Big West Championships- placing 20th overall and the fifth freshman overall to break the tape. Ran in the No. 6 slot for the Gauchos at the Big West meet. Finished 86th at the NCAA West Regional meet with a 10k time of 31:38.9, again running No. 6 for the Gauchos. 

2012-2013 Track 
Set a lifetime best in the 3,000m steeple at the Cal Poly Dual Meet with a time of 9:36.06 to take third and help the Gauchos win a close meet. His second appearance in the steeple came at the Big West Championships where he took 9th and clipped a 9:37.20. Set a lifetime best in the 5000m at the UC Irvine Spring Break meet with a time of 14:56.09. His 10000m PR was set at the Cal Nevada Championships enroute to a 6th place finish at 31:08.14.


Prep
Attended Cathedral High School…Coached by Martin Farfan and Michael Trafecanty…Made All-League for cross country in 2009, 2010 and 2011…League champion as a junior for the 1600m and 3200m…Awarded most valuable distance runner in track in 2011…Made the All-CIF for cross country placing seventh at the Division III CIF finals…Placed ninth at the 2011 cross country state meet…Awarded athlete of the year in 2012.


Personal
Adam Avila was born on February 23, 1994 in Los Angeles, Calif.…Parents are Barbara and Mario Avila…Has two older siblings, Mario and Alyssa, and a younger sister, Clara…Enjoys riding his bike, playing ping-pong, listening to music, sleeping, and playing ultimate Frisbee…Personal heroes are his family…Most memorable athletic achievement was breaking school records for cross county and track, and going to state as a team.

 

Collegiate Bests

1,500m - 3:59.73 (2015 UCSB/Cal Poly Dual) 
3,000m Steeple- 8:59.40 (2015 Big West Challenge Cup) 
5,000m- 14:44.41 (2015 San Francisco State Distance Carnival)
10,000m- 31:08.14 (2013 Cal Nevada Championships)


Big West Championships
2015- 3,000m Steeplechase, 2nd, 9:02.99
2015- 5,000m, 23rd, 15:15.06

2014- 3,000m Steeplechase, 2nd, 9:10.03 
2014- 5,000m, 14th, 15:22.82  

2013- 5,000m, 16th, 15:46.50
2013- 3,000m Steeplechase, 9th, 9:37.20

Big West Cross Country

2016- 8k, 4th, 24:54.7

2015-8k, 13th, 24:43.0

2014- 8k, 11th, 24:33.3

2013- 8k, 20th, 26:34.9

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country)

2016- 10k, 19th, 30:04.5

2015- 10k, 85th, 32:47.9

2014- 10k, 104th, 31:24.0 

2013- 10k, 86th, 31:38.9 

NCAA First Round (Track and Field) 
2015- 3,000m Steeplechase, 48th, 9:41.59