Marcus XC Scores High Marks at McKinney

029Dateline September 13, 2013, McKinney, TexasOn an exceptionally cool Saturday morning at McKinney’s Myers Park at the McKinney-Boyd sponsored invitational, the Marcus Marauders scored a number of firsts:

  • a mixture of Varsity and JV Girls took first in the Varsity Girls IMG_5552race in a meet that featured Elite races;
  • the JV Boys finished first; and
  • two different Marauders won their races (congrats to Parker and Quinn!), one of whom appeared to be devilishly faster than the rest of the field.

To see some of the best of photos, please go to the 2014 Photos page. Mckinney 2014 V Men-SLV-2

Next Week: It’s time to “Bridge the Gap” at the Marcus II Invitational in Hickory Creek, TX. Details, directions, and google map link follow:

SEP 20 – 730 AM – Marcus II Invitational @ Westlake Park, Hickory Creek, TXMAP:  Street Address: 2000 Main Street, Hickory Creek Texas

Coaches, Runners, Parents & Fans: for Marcus II Race Details & Info, please visit the Marcus II Invitational – Sept. 20, 2014 page on this site.

Marcus XC Hits the Pioneer Trail Cool Running


The pioneering grande dame of Texas Cross Country, Janet DeMannequin, dressed for success on the Old Chisholm Trail to prove a point. You’ve got to roll up your skirt and strap on your running shorts and shoes if you want to dance a celebratory jig at the end of a Hoedown.

Dateline September 6, 2014, Hurst, Texas: All of the Marcus Marauder XC teams performed well today (some would say like a boss, a trail boss that is) at the 2014 Pioneer Trail Run hosted by Boswell HS at the Hurst Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College. Weather conditions were warm (early race temps close to 80, and in lower 90s by the Boys JV race), and far more humid than usual for this time of year.

But the weather proved no factor, as each MXC team was cool running. They each showed they were “old hands” at the newly designed course, even if a Varsity Cowgirl (or two) Boswell JV B 2014 (31)momentarily lost the trail head – going off track and the beaten path – over the course of the race.

Notwithstanding a number of injuries plaguing each of the teams, they each corralled A1 A-OK finishes, placing first. Yee-Haw, and Carry-on!!! Pioneer Trail JV Candid-SLV-14

To see some of the best of photos, go to the 2014 Photos page.

Next Week: It’s time to git along little dogies to “Farmville” and the Hills and Dales at Collin County’s Myers Park and Event Center, McKinney and the McKinney-Boyd HS Meet. Details, directions, and google map link follow:

SEP 13 – 730 AM – McKinney Boyd CC Meet, Myers Park, McKinney TX MAP: Street Address: Myers Park and Event Center, McKinney, TX @ 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX 75071

Results – Marcus I Invitational, August 30, 2014


Janet DeMannequin, painting a Vincent like picture with her musical words for all runners at the 2014 Marcus I. If you conquered the Levee, go enjoy some “as American as” Apple Pie to celebrate!

Dateline August 30, 2014 – North Lakes Park, Denton, Texas: Thanks to all the attending teams, coaches, bus drivers, volunteers, parents, fans and especially the runners for making this year’s Marcus I Invitational a great event. We compliment all the runners who competed today, with special kudos to those that didn’t run dry on the Levee, but rather completely conquered it, and left whistling a happy tune, ala’ the sole mama of TX Cross Country, Marcus’ very own Janet DeMannequin.

Janet and the entire Marcus Cross Country Family wish each and every runner on all the teams attending Marcus I a tremendous 2014 cross season.  May you all have nothing but happy trails ahead and never find yourself running on empty.

For those looking for results, they can be had at these web pages from 1) results for each race and 2) splits

We hope you’ll consider joining us for our encore race, the Marcus II Invitational to be held three weeks from today, September 20, 2014. Marcus II will be held again this year, now for its second year running at its new location, Westlake Park, in Hickory Creek, TX (start time 730 AM) on the shores of Lake Lewisville against a gorgeous photo opp backdrop, the Lake Lewisville Toll Bridge connecting Lake Dallas to Little Elm. Details are available on the Marcus II Invitational page on this site. Please enjoy below some pictures from last year’s meet featuring Lake Lewisville  and the Toll Bridge. We hope to see you out there — and best of all – our Hickory Creek site has more than an ample abundance of parking!!! :) We hope to see you there!





UIL realignment has resulted in a JV race size in the 6A/5A division that would be less than optimal for the runners.  As a result we are splitting both the 6A/5A JV Boys and Girls divisions into separate races.  The new schedule of races is as follows:

Updated Race Schedule:

6:00 am Coaches Check – in and packet pick-up

Race Schedule: 7:00 am Start (rolling Schedule)






 5A BOYS JV (5K)


4A and Under BOYS VARSITY (5K)




3A/2A & UNDER GIRLS JV (3200 M)

 We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!


Marcus I Invitational – Don’t Let the Levee Break You!

To quote Led Zeppelin, who were actually paraphrasing a Kansas Joe McCoy and Levees-Broke-Memphis Minnie 1929 song “When the Levee Breaks”, which commemorated the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, we strongly recommend that all Marcus I Invitational runners and fans take heed:

“Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home…

Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move”

And to snag a Marcus I Invitational commemorative t-shirt, you’ll also have to move fast to avoid getting left high and dry sans apparel. All sizes available for the taking for $10 cash, on a first come, first serve basis. While the photo below fails to capture this year’s Marcus I shirt’s actual blue color, here’s a preview:

005Don’t let the Levee break you – You break the levee! And don’t just Survive, Thrive! And definitely don’t get stranded, like these guys below, without proof that YOU CONQUERED THE LEVEE!


And for race details, follow this linkMarcus I Invitational.

MXC Starts 2014 Season with an SOS

Dateline August 23, 2014 @ Marauder Stadium, Flower Mound, TX: To kick-start the SOS 2014 (81)2014 cross country season, the Marcus XC teams arranged a late Saturday night serenade from the Marcus Band at Marauder Stadium, and then proceeded to launch into their annual SOS festivities.

An MXC SOS doesn’t involve Western Union, Morse Code or wireless telegraphy. And it’s not meant to be an SOS distress call to “Save Our Ship”, or 002“Save Our Season” before it’s commenced.

Rather it’s the official Marcus Cross Country “Start of Season” and a true celebration of the promise of a new year after a long, hot, grueling summer putting in the necessary road work and grinding out the required mileage to build a base for the challenges of this 001Marcus SOS 2014 SLV-22fall’s upcoming cross country season.

With a mile time trail, both the boys’ and girls’ teams officially started their seasons. And with favorable portent, Maddy Reed crushed the existing Marcus Girls SOS time trial record by nine seconds.Marcus SOS 2014 SLV-82

With that welcoming sign of a great start, Marauders fans can’t wait to welcome next week’s first meet, the Marcus Booster Club hosted Marcus I Invitational. For details, please follow this link: Marcus I Invitational.

For complete photos of this year’s MXC SOS, please visit the Marcus XC Shutterfly website (if you are a parent or team member new to the team, please register on the site and email President Reed to process/approve your application). And enjoy some of the night’s highlights below.

Next Event: MXC Booster Club Meeting, 7 PM Marcus HS Library, Tuesday Night, August 26th, where we will review the season and provide info on Marcus I – North Texas’ biggest cross event, one that attracts teams from all over TX and beyond.


Cross Country Runners and Fans: Can You “Guess What Day It Is”?!

Dateline Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Flower Mound TX: So, North TX (and Beyond) HS Cross Country Runners and XC Aficionados, we have an important question for you:

Can You “Guess What Day It Is”?!

hump-dayBet you can’t!

So,if you guessed:

  • Hump Day,
  • or WWI mobilization, or
  • or Arnold’s Bday, or
  • or All of the Above,

you’d be right, but that’s not the answer we were looking for..

For North Texas (and Beyond!) HS Cross Country Runners and Their Fans, there’s one and only one right answer:






Please follow this link to get the latest details: Marcus I Invitational – August 30, 2014.

Note: Bus and car parking directions and tips will be finalized with parking diagrams before the race… So, please check back here, as we’re expecting “a cast of thousands!!!

See you all bright and early Saturday, August 30th, for a date with The Levee!

Marcus I 2013 JV Women-1Let’s see who will Beat the Heat, and Conquer the Levee!!!


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

So, who on the team has relatives in Canada or Slovenia, or what former Marauder lives in either of those countries now — given that those are the 2nd and 3rd most popular visitor countries for the MXC site?

Happy New Year to All in Marauder Land…!!!

Marcus Can’t Pull Off Cold Feat at Nike South Regional

Dateline November 23, 2013, The Woodlands, TX:  At a cold, wet and muddy Nike Nike Regional 2013 Girls Championship-6South Regional, the Marcus Marauders tried but just couldn’t warm-up to the major task of pulling off a truly “cold feat” to extend their season. Nonetheless, those that ran at the Nike South Regional held today persevered through tough running conditions (race time temps between 40-45 degrees) with a persistent cold mist. Given rain in the Houston area the day before the race, it’s a wonder that conditions weren’t actually worse and more 117muddy. The course’s sand based areas proved slightly firmer than normal due to the prior day’s saturating rains.

First up, Marcus fielded a full team in the Boys’ B Open Race and placed 6th.

Next, in the Girls’ Open Race, MXC made its best showing of the day, taking 3rd.

The Boys’ Varsity finished 7th in the Boys’ Championship race.Nike Regional 2013 Open Men (13)

Due to injuries, the Girls did not field a full Varsity squad, instead running only two. Payton Brown finished 27th and Maddy Reed finished 45th.

With no qualifiers for Nike Nationals, the 2013 Cross Country season comes to a close. While the year may not have lived up to preseason promises, both the boys’ and girls teams had a very successful year as previously noted (see Regional story), with some valuable lessons Nike Regional 2013 Open Women (6)learned, friendships made, and seeds planted for the next year and beyond.

So while MXC goes into “wait for next year” mode, this year’s Marauders can hold their heads up high for a job well done under difficult circumstances and knowing that both teams hold the keys to their future success.

Nike Regional Candid  (36)For Nike South Regional Championship results go to this page, and click on the bottom of the page to see full race results:

For best of photos from the 2013 Nike Regional, visit this page: Nike South Regional 2013.Nike Regional 2013 Boys Championship-6

We hope to see you at the MXC Banquet, Friday night, January 10th, with details to come from Booster President Elizabeth Reed.

For the 2013 Season, it’s a wrap!

Marcus Well Represented @ State Thanks to a Good Reed & Logan’s Run

Dateline, November 9, 2013 – Round Rock, TX: With just one runner in each of the Boys’ and Girls’ 5A Races at the TX State Championship this past Saturday, it would have been asking a lot of the Marcus Cross runner representatives to achieve success, especially given the difficulty of running solo sans team mates. But thanks to two outstanding performances, an 8th place finish by Maddie Reed and a 14th place finish by Logan Hendrix, both runners and MXC achieved real success at State. We congratulate and celebrate Maddie and Logan for a job well done. For results, visit this TX State CC site. 

And that means there’s one last race to run to close out the 2013 season – the Nike South Regional – details below. The exact runners and race levels are yet to be determined, but the opportunity to belt out one last tune this season in a team choral awaits. Here’s hoping for a swan song that’s perhaps worthy of a curtain call.

NOV 23 – 8 AM – Nike South Regional Championship @ Bear Creek Sports Complex, The Woodlands, TX  MAP: (aka 5505 Research Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381, in proximity of Faith Bible Church)

MXC Teams Fight Hard at Fiercely Competitive Regional


“The Runners” as displayed on the Greek Olympic Urn.

Dateline November 2, 2013 – Lubbock, Texas: On an absolutely gorgeous race day (clear, sunny skies; extremely low humidity; race time temps in the mid-60s; and little to no wind) in Lubbock, Texas at the Region I Championship held at Mae Simmons Park, the Marcus Marauders and Lady Marauders faced a test and fight for survival.


Running guru, model and philosopher Janet DeMannequin waxes poetic and prophetic.

In an incredibly competitive region, could either or both MXC teams find a way to finish in one of the top three spots at the Regional to extend their seasons one more week – by earning a spot to compete for a Texas Sate Cross Country Championship? No small task for either team.

At the District Championship, having placed 3rd on the Girls’ side and 2nd on the Boys’ side, each Marauder team knew it would require stringing together a number of exceptional individual performances to leap-frog  teams just from District 5-5A, let alone the rest of the teams in one of Texas’ most competitive XC Regions – in order for either team to live to run another day and punch a ticket to State.


086While the spirit was strong and frame of mind right, the combination of the wear and tear of a long (and very successful) season and the tremendous competition present in DSC_8584Region I proved just too great for MXC to overcome.  Both teams absolutely fought the good fight, and all team members, coaches and attending family, fans and friends kept the faith. But as ably as the Marauders performed, and as proud as all fans were of the teams’ very capable performances, MXC’s best efforts on this day fell short and, 241as such, this race finishes the Marauders’ hopes for success at Round Rock for this year.

The Girls finished 4th (scoring 109 points), 39 points behind Region Champion South Lake (70), some 33 points behind second place Flower Mound (76) and 20 points behind third place Hebron (89). The latter two teams of course are Marcus’ fellow District 5-5A competitors, evidencing yet again just how strong District 5-5A is in Cross Country.

The Boys finished 7th overall (scoring 176 points), some 87 points behind first place Southlake (89), 74 points behind second place Timbercreek (98), and 66 points behind third place Keller (110). Fellow District 5-5A Hebron finished 4th with 132 points and Flower Mound finished 9th with 253 points.

To see Region I Championship Results, go to:

But there is good news to report, and hope springs eternal, even in the late Fall, for these DSC_8410Marauders. Marcus will be well and ably represented at the State Championship in both the Girls’ and the Boys’ races – by virtue of DSC_8502Maddie Reed’s 4th place Girls’ Region finish and Logan Hendrix’s 10th place Boys’ Region finish. That means there’s two excellent reasons to make the trek to Round Rock this weekend to cheer on these two Marauders who earned spots at State with tremendous individual performances. 5A Race times are Girls -1240 PM and Boys – 110 PM, with Meet details as follows: NOV 9 – State Championship – Lakeview Pavillion, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, TX MAP:  Official State Website for Parking and further Directions/Information:

We wish GOOD LUCK @ STATE to not only our own Maddie Reed and Logan Hendrix, but also the other District 5-5A competitors who advanced to State: Flower Mound‘s Zach Hamstra and Wesley Ward and Hebron’s Chase Van Voorhis as individual competitors, and the Flower Mound and Hebron Girls’ Varsity Teams. May the Course and the Force be with all of you, and may you represent District 5-5A well at State.

For the rest of the Marauders, it may well be “Wait Until Next Year”, unless Nike ranks the Boys’ Varsity team sufficiently high to extend an invite to compete in the Nike South Regional Championship in The Woodlands, TX on Saturday, November 23rd. The Girls Varsity, an excellent candidate for an invite, unfortunately may be too banged up with injuries to field a competitive elite team. As of press time, we await official news from Nike and Coach T on plans to extend the season to the Nike South Regional Meet. 

While we await that decision, a quick review of the body of evidence to support a Nike South road trip is the outstanding and very strong and successful seasons each of the Marauder teams had this year over their nine varsity and eight junior varsity Meets this season. Their body of work produced the following results against some very strong competition:

  • Boys Varsity: 4 Firsts and 1 Second
  • Boys JV: 4 Firsts, 1 Second and 2 Thirds
  • Girls Varsity: 5 Firsts, 1 Second and 1 Third
  • Girls JV: 4 Firsts, 1 Second and 2 Thirds

And just in case the 2013 edition of the Marauders teams have run their last races of the 264year, we want to say so long to our seniors who will be moving on to new races and courses next year.  A big thanks to our departing seniors for the wonderful memories you’ve provided us over your cross-country careers: 

Adam Steele, Ben Reed, Dominic Amoe, Emma Blair, Evan Lerma, Harrison Hickman, Jacob Babbidge, Megan Martin, Natalie Polei, Ross Tagaras, and Sydney Brown

May the lessons learned during your cross-country experiences at Marcus help you keep up your winning ways on the road ahead.

Good Luck MXC @ Regional Saturday; Attention MXC Fans – 1 & 130 PM Race Start Times Make Same Day Drive Doable

Since the 5A Race Times at this year’s Regional Championship in Lubbock are scheduled for 1 PM – Girls and 130 PM – Boys, this is the rare year when making the long drive to the land of Red Raiders from the DFW Metroplex — the morning of the Meet — is doable – at least for those crazy fans willing to put in the time and miles to come cheer on the Marauders and Lady Marauders.

For any crazies so interested, here are the race details:

NOV 2 – 1 PM 5A GIRLS and 130 PM 5A BOYS– Region I Championship, Mae Simmons Park, Lubbock TX  MAP:  Street Address: Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd @ 24th St Lubbock TX  

Race Map and other Race Details Courtesy of

Whether cheering from near or afar, GOOD LUCK MXC!!!