Maricel Benavides of Orange Coast College won the women’s individual race but Riverside won the men’s and the women’s team titles at the Orange Empire Conference cross-country championships Friday at Central Park in Huntington Beach.
Benavides ran the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes 48.1 seconds. Virginia Emiliano of Rancho Santiago was second (20:42.3) and Mary Shelton of Riverside third (20:48.6).
Riverside won the women’s team title with 47 points. OCC (49) was second and Rancho Santiago (54) was third.
John Meagher of Riverside won the men’s four-mile race in 20:14.9. Teammate Marco Oceguera (20:45.2) was second. Chris Parmer of OCC (20:50.9) was third and Brad Sigler of OCC (20:58.1) was fourth.
Riverside won with 24 points. Orange Coast (62) was second and Fullerton (66) third.