Fans of competitive distance running would not have enjoyed Saturday's Northridge Cross-Country Invitational at Cal State Northridge.
That's because Richie Brownsberger of the Jamul Toads and Cal State Los Angeles easily won the men's titles while Darcy Arreola and her CSUN teammates ran away with the women's titles.
Brownsberger, formerly of UCLA, took control of the men's race at the 2 1/2-mile mark and won going away.
His time of 24 minutes, 57 seconds over the five-mile course bettered the time of runner-up Benny Cruz (25:04) of Cal State Los Angeles by seven seconds. Will James of Northridge placed a distant third in 25:48.
Led by Cruz, Cal State Los Angeles placed four runners in the top six to win the team title.
The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II poll, easily defeated 18th-ranked CSUN, 33-54. UC Riverside, ranked 20th, placed third with 64 points.