Don't have an account? Click Here
Share |
Erik Olson
Position: Distances
Other Position: Distances
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Novato, Calif.
High School: Novato
Major: Human biology
Olson Photos

* Four-Time All-American *

Career Bests (thru 2015 indoors):

• 5,000 Meters: 13:36.91
• 10,000: 29:06.14
• 3,000: 7:50.81i
• 1,500: 3:45.04
• Mile: 4:02.12i

Record Book:

3,000: 4th
5,000: 6th

At Stanford:

• Earned his first first-team All-America honor by placing seventh in the 3,000 at the 2014 NCAA indoor championships.

2015 Season:

• Earned second-team All-America honors by placing 11th at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000 (8:03.90).
• Placed second in the 3,000 at the MPSF Championships, running 7:51.26.
• Ran in five meets: once in the mile, three times in the 3,000, and once in the 5,000.
• Ran 4:02.83 in the mile to place fourth at the UW Indoor Preview.
• Ran 13:45.25 in the 5,000 to place sixth at the Husky Classic.
• The time qualified him for the NCAA Championships, but chose to concentrate on the 3,000.

2014 Season:

Finished fourth in the Pac-12 in the 10,000, running 29:35.09.
• Broke personal record in the 5,000 by six seconds, when he clocked 13:36.91 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, finishing fifth in the second section.
• Ran 13:58.62 at the NCAA West Prelims, for the ninth-fastest time of the competition, but did not advance to nationals.
• Ran a 4:02 split for Stanford in its runner-up finish in the Penn Relays 4xMile relay.
• 11th in the Pac-12 5,000 (14:21.31).
• Won the 3,000 in the Big Meet, with teammates Jim and Joe Rosa conceding as a reward for Olson's pacesetting.
• Set PR of 3:45.04 at the Stanford Invitational.


Earned his first first-team All-America honor by placing seventh in the 3,000 at the NCAA championships in Albuquerque, N.M., running 8:14.77.
• Ws a second-team All-America after placing 12th a day earlier, in the 5,000 (14:34.40).
• Set a personal best in the 3,000 while placing third at the MPSF Championships, in 7:50.81.
• Broke personal bests in the 5,000, 3,000, and mile.
• His 5,000 best of 13:42.52 came in a fourth-place invite finish at the Husky Classic on Feb. 14.
• Ran a 7:57.78 to finish second in the invite 3,000 at Penn State National on Feb. 1.
• Shattered his mile best with a 4:02.12 to place third at the UW Indoor Preview on Jan. 18.

2013 Season:

Earned All-America honorable mention after placing 19th at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 (14:25.43).
• Placed 11th in the 10,000 at the Pac-12 Championships (30:24.86) and was 17th in the 5,000 (14:37.51).
• Earned the final qualifying spot for nationals by running a 13:53.68 at the NCAA West Prelims.
• Set a personal best 13:46.12 in his season 5,000 debut, at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
• Won the Big Meet in a personal best 3,000 time of 8:04.59.
• Set 10,000 PB of 29:06.14 in the fast section of the Stanford Invitational.


Placed second in the MPSF Championships in the 5,000 in 13:55.66.
• Ran personal record 13:54.55 while finishing 18th in the invitational section of the Husky Classic.
• Placed sixth in the 3,000 at MPSF's in 8:08.07.
• Ran PR of 8:07.03 at the UW Invitational.
• Ran 4:10.56 in the mile at the UW Preview.

2012 Season:

Placed 10th in the 5,000 at the Pac-12 Championships, running 14:17.20.
• Ran 8:07.27 in the 3,000 at the Big Meet.
• Member of Stanford's 4x1,500 team that ran 15:20.09 at the Texas Relays.


Did not compete.

2011 Season:

Did not compete.


Scored for Stanford at the MPSF Championships after running a personal best of 13:59.87 to take seventh in the 5,000.
• Ran a personal best of 8:09.93 for 3,000 to place 12th at MPSF's.

Cross Country:

• An All-West Region selection in 2012 and 2013.
• A four-time scorer in the NCAA Championship meet.
• Placed third in the NCAA West Regional.
• Ran No. 2 on 2013 NCAA Championship team.


• Won the 2011 U.S. Junior cross country title in San Diego with an 8K time 24:28.
• Advanced to the 2011 World Junior championships in Punta Umbria, Spain, but did not finish.
• Competed for the U.S. team at the 2009 World Youth Track and Field Championships in Bressanone, Italy, placing 10th in the 3,000.
• Competed for the NACAC Junior cross country team in Mt. Irvine, Trinidad & Tobago, placing third on the 6K course.

High School:

• Captured the 2009 California Division III cross country state championship.
• Also won the 2009 North Coast Section Division III title.
• Two-time All-State cross country selection (2008 and `09).
• Two-time Marin County Athletic League cross country champion.
• A four-time All-NorCal and All-Marin County Athletic League selection in cross country and track.
• Also captained the track team in 2009 and 2010, winning the MCAL and NCS Redwood Empire team championships.
• Triple individual MCAL champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 from 2008-10.
• Won 1,600 and 3,200 NCS Redwood Empire titles in 2009 and 2010.
• Won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the NCS Meet of Champions in 2009 and 2010.
• Holds school records in the 1,600 (4:08.54), 3,000 (8:18), and 3,200 (8:55).
• Captained his cross country team for two years.


• Majoring in human biology.
• Son of Tom and Lory Olson.
• Has an older sister, Kelsey.