BENDIGO athlete Andy Buchanan made a great start to his racing campaign in the United States.
The reigning Victorian 1500m open champion cut his personal best by 10 seconds as he raced to second place in the 5000m at the Mt Sac Relays on Good Friday in Los Angeles.
Buchanan crossed the line in a time of 14:01.24.
The Bendigo University AC member was just five seconds behind the race winner.
Buchanan took on athletes from as far afield as Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, UCLA, Michigan and Portland at the 59th running of the classic.
Next hit-out for the 26-year-old is a 1500m duel at the Triton Invitation in San Diego next weekend.
A major goal is to beat the qualifying mark of 28.40 for the 10km at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University on May 5.
Buchanan, a dual Dragon Mile winner in 2015-16, broke the Bendigo residential record for the 10km at Geelong’s Landy Field.