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Erik Olson
Position: Distances
Other Position: Distances
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Novato, Calif.
High School: Novato
Major: Human biology
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*Three-Time All-American*

Career Bests (thru end of 2014 collegiate season):

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

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

2014 Season: Outdoors - 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. Indoors - 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 ... also was 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: Outdoors - 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. Indoors - 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: Outdoors - 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 ... ran on Stanford's 4x1,500 team that ran 15:20.09 at the Texas Relays. Indoors - Did not compete.

2011 Season: Outdoors - Did not compete. Indoors - 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.

International: 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.

Personal: Majoring in human biology ... son of Tom and Lory Olson ... has an older sister, Kelsey ... enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.