Marcus Flocks Together and Soars at Birdville Flyin’ Hawks Invitational

Dateline October 11, 2014, Hurst, Texas: On a cool, overcast, wet (muddy) morning in Hurst at the Birdville Flyin’ Hawks Invitational held at Tarrant County College, all of the Flying Hawks 2014 VG (4)Marcus Marauders XC teams soared above the competition on this day, flocking together, like birds of a feather, with each team taking first for a Meet sweep.

Against a very strong Hebron Hawks Girls Varsity team (and fellow District 6-6A rival), the Lady Marauders eked out a close 10 point win, edging the Lady Hawks 41-51 in a race where Flying Hawks 2014 VG (80)both teams placed their top 5 runners in the top twenty against strong competition. The race sets up quite a showdown for the upcoming District 6-6A Championship when Marcus and Hebron are joined by a strong Flower Mound team and other strong individual and team district competitors.

Speaking of strong competition and a.close race, the Boys Varsity won a three-point Flying Hawks 2014 VB (18)squeaker over Canyon, 85-88, with the top five runners on each squad trading places and tightly aligned. This hopefully will be a big confidence booster for the Boys’ Varsity going into Championship Season, as the District 6-6A competition will be tough with this year’s expanded nine team District field that includes Flower Mound, Hebron and the Planos.

The Girls JV team placed first 22 points ahead of Southlake Carrol, with a 25-47 victory, Flying Hawks 2014  JVG (13)thanks to four Lady Marauders finishing in the top six, with MXC’s fifth place finisher coming in #12.

Dispatching the competition and dispensing with all race outcome mystery, the Boys’ JV Flying Hawks 2014 JVB (13)team rolled in the first five runners for a perfect 15 score, adding finishers 9 and 13 for good measure, resulting with an amazing 0:23 split between the top five Marauder runners who averaged race times of just 17:13.

For detailed results, see:

Overall, the Meet sweep was a wonderful confidence builder and tune-up for the upcoming District 6-6A Championship to be held Tuesday, October 21st at McKinney’s Myers Park. Races are spread out because the site is simultaneously hosting the District 10-5A Meet. District 6-6A and Marauder race times are as follows:

  • 8:30 Varsity Girls
  • 9:50 Varsity Boys
  • 10:50 Girls JV
  • 12:10 Boys JV

We hope to see you out there to cheer on all racing Marauders. Be smart and pack a chair, and a breakfast and a lunch!!!

Cold Front at Nike South Can’t Freeze Out MXC

Dateline Saturday, October 4, 2014, The Woodlands, TX:  With a morning temp of a 235chilly 63, and with noon time temps barely reaching 70, and with some rarefied dry, clear air at the Nike South Invitational held in The Woodlands this Saturday, you just knew that a course that normally eats North TX runners alive due to its sand base and oppressive Gulf humidity was on this day going to surrender some PRs, especially to a motivated pack Nike South 2014 Mens Varsity - SLV-3of visiting Marauders from the Metroplex.

And so it did. Of the 42 Marauders that toed the line at Nike South on Saturday, 27 recorded PRs, and nine additional runners posted season bests. As Coach T said in classic “Oklahoma!” style, “Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day.” MXC enjoyed its very own version of a “10th Avenue Freeze Out” and had one “Boss” of a day.


Janet DeMannequin was heard to say “I can’t believe I didn’t pack my warm-up suit. What was I thinking? This girl’s gotta be better prepared for the Piney North Woods of TX, next time!”

Leading the way on this “It’s way too nice, this can’t possibly be Houston, there must be a _DSC5621problem!” kind of day, the Marcus Varsity Girls’ team wrote themselves into the Nike South record book by finishing first with the lowest Girls’ Elite race team score total (58) in invitational history. Now’s that a pretty nice day, and a “swooshing good time!” :)

The Varsity Boys also rose to the occasion placing well a head of expectations, finishing a most respectable 6th place in the Elite race against the usual _DSC5201strong Nike South competition.

The Boys also ran a team in the “Green” Varsity race finishing 7th.

The Girls ran two teams in the JV Girls race, with the top team taking 4th. _DSC5537

Finally the Boys JV squad finished 6th.

For results, visit the Nike South Invitational website at:

While after a day like that, one might want to kick back, chill out and take stock, maybe even take some photos with a pretty cool team trophy, for MXC a day like that actually serves as a great motivator to forge ahead and not let a cold wave cool down a red hot and motivated team.

So it’s time to soar this coming week 239over the hills and dales at the modified Birdville High Flyin’ Hawks Invitational course. OCT 11 – 730 AM – Flyin’ Hawks Invitational @ Tarrant County College, Hurst TX MAP:  Street Address: 828 Harwood Road, Hurst, Texas 76054

Marauders Roar at Colony Cougar Classic

Dateline September 27, 2014, The Colony, Texas: At The Colony Cougar Classic Invitational held on the Far Eastern Shores of Lake Lewisville, the weather was humid but rather hospitable for the early morning races, under cloud cover and temps in the lower to The Colony 2014 (186) (1)mid-70s, with the day’s heat not picking up until the JV races, with temps reaching the lower 80s.

And thanks to the Cougar Classic, the Marauders enjoyed a roaring good time, with more than a few Marauders enjoying roaring good times.

The Boys’ Varsity, running in the Elite race, won a two point squeaker, 40 to 42 over Frisco Wakeland.

The Boys’ JV dominated the top ten race finishers, with the team taking first and coming in with a very low score.


The Varsity girls’ team got the day off, and MXC ran a girls’ five-some in the Girls’ Elite The Colony 2014 (81)race, taking a respectable 6th.

And this blogger has yet to locate official results for the Girls’ JV race to know where the Lady Marauders’ placed.

Partial results can be found at:


Overall, it was all a very nice tune-up, or a nice rest, for this coming week’s Nike South Invitational. Go to this page to see “Best Of” photos from The Colony.

THIS WEEK: OCT 4 – 730 or 8 AM (depending if MHS runs a team in the 730 Varsity Boys (Green) race) – Nike South Invitational @ Bear Branch Creek Sports Park, The Woodlands, TX.  MAP: Street Address: 5205 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, in proximity to Faith Bible Church at 5505 Research Forest Dr.

Schedule per official Nike South Invitational website:

Marcus Goes 1-2-3-1 at Marcus II Invitational

Dateline September 20, 2014, Hickory Creek, Texas: On a truly “great day to race” (asidea shout out to Coach T, who will be MIA from MXC racing for this upcoming week’s meet for Marcus II 2014 Candids (3)another truly great day, a special one in Coach’s T’s life, his oldest son’s upcoming wedding :)), the Marcus Marauders hosted approximately 1400 runners at Westlake Park in Hickory Creek, Texas for the 2014 Marcus II Invitational (“M-II“), its second year on the Eastern shores of Lake Lewisville, East of I-35E, and in the shadow of the Lake Lewisville Toll Bridge.The venue offers fantastic views of the bridge and Lake Lewisville and we think makes a “fan-tastic” venue for a cross 185country race.

The Marcus XC Booster Club brain-trust took all the coach/runner/fan input from last year’s inaugural M-II race at this new site to significantly revise the race course (err, reverse it, to provide for a better start) and improve overall race operations. We think all the planning resulted in a super fan and runner friendly site, course and event.

For those that attended, if anyone has any suggestions for how the MXC Booster Club canMacus II 2014 (83) improve the event, please let us know (contact info on this site’s About page). Based on “day of race” feedback, we’re pretty pleased with how the meet played out this year, the result of a lot of hard work to carve a brand new course out of the park’s wilds, thanks to the furtive imagination of some race visionaries (and of course Coach T wanting all the runners to get the chance to hit the beach and run in some sand ;) ). We think we have a winner of a site and hope to be in Hickory Creek for years to come.

As far as the day’s races, the Marcus Varsity Girls put forth a fantastic effort to take 1st place in front of a strong Highland Park team, which due to increased student population has been promoted (again) into the largest TX HS classification, 6A (and it sure seemed like the entire HPHS student body attended and ran in the day’s races).

Marcus II 2014 - JV Men - SLV-80The MXC Varsity Boys took 2nd place, beating the field, but for a very tough and impressive highly ranked El Paso Socorro team, which outpaced MHS by 27 points. Hats off to Socorro HS for that performance, and making the long race commute, all the way up to North Texas, for this year’s M-II. We hope to see you back again next year.

The Marcus JV Girls took 3rd, behind strong performances from Southlake Carrol and new district rival Plano West (the margin of victory of Southlake over Plano West was just four points, and Plano West beat out Marcus by just one point, proving yet again that a team’s race position can be made or broken in an instant and impacted by where 020a team’s top five to ten runners finish).

MXC closed out its day of racing with a JV Boys victory, taking 1st, and thus the 1-2-3-1 reference in the heading above.

The event also included 6 more races, four HS and two MS. To see results from all races, including race splits, please visit these webpages:

Overall Results:


All in all, it was a fantastic day of racing at what we think is a fantastic race venue.Marcus II 2014 Candids (54)

Coaches and teams that attended, we hope not only that you will be back next year for the 3rd year running at “the beach & bay by the bridge,” but you’ll let other coaches and teams know that Marcus II is a “not to be missed” meet totally worth attending.

We look forward to seeing all comers next year.

And to all who came to this year’s Marcus II, we also wish you good luck, happy trails, and great times from here “to District and beyond!

Marcus II 2014 Candids (2)Next Up: This Saturday, the Marcus Marauder Minutemen and Women will try for some revolutionary good times at The Colony Invitational SEP 27 – 8 AM – The Colony Invitational @ Hidden Cove Park, The Colony, TX  MAP: Street Address20400 Hackberry Creek Park Rd, The Colony, Texas 

And finally, for MXC Best Of photos from M-II, visit the 2014 Photos page.

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…!!!