STANFORD, Calif. — British Columbia's Luc Bruchet supplanted Southern Oregon's Eric Avila as the NAIA leader in the 5,000-meter race Sunday night when the two were part of a loaded field at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational.
In one of the few races Avila hasn't conquered this year, Bruchet won the second section of the men's 5K with a time of 13 minutes, 33.20 seconds. Avila was 18th of 21 runners in 14:04.04.
A month ago, Avila won the Stanford Invitational by clocking a school-record time of 13:43.05 while Bruchet finished in 13:45.03.
Bruchet won Sunday by edging out Stanford's Joe Rosa, who came in .36 seconds behind.
The disappointment for Avila only thickened a rivalry that will resume at the NAIA Championships on May 22-24 in Gulf Shores, Ala. Bruchet (3:42.02) and Avila (3:42.18) also own the NAIA's top times in the 1,500.