Bruton ran collegiately in the US for the University of Arkansas where he won the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 1992 and 1993. He was named most outstanding performer among college men at the 1992 Penn Relays.
His personal best 1500 time was 3:35.67 minutes, achieved in August 1995 in Cologne. Bruton's best time in the mile was 3:53 run in Oslo in 1994.
His career was cut short, however, as he developed arthritis in his right hip, causing him to retire.