Marauders More Than Make Do at Their First Ever McNeil Meet

Dateline October 3, 2015, Round Rock, Texas: Under beautiful, crystal clear skies, on a gorgeous day in Round Rock, the Marcus Marauders participated in the McNeil CC Invitational for the first time and enjoyed the opportunity to compete on the TX State Championship XC course in a highly competitive tune-up meet with some 4000 participating runners.

The Lady Marauders Varsity, running competitively for the first time in a month, ran in the Gold Varsity race and took first over very strong competition, including state ranked Kingwood, Smithson Valley and Hebron, and some other very strong programs.

The Marauders Boys Varsity squad, also competing in the Gold Varsity race, did a team run where the entire squad stuck together until the two-mile mark. While the strategy resulted in the team finishing just 17th, the team did so with five runners under 17 minutes. And thanks to this stick-togetherness strategy, a number of runners achieved PRs (personal records).

The JV Girls ran split squads. One squad ran in the 6A Varsity race and took 10th, with three runners finishing in the top 30. The other squad participated in the JV 3200M race, but just as a foursome, so they did not run as an official team, but had a top ten finisher.

And the JV Boys ran a fantastic race, taking first over a packed field with 461 runners. The Boys JV top five runners all finished within a half-minute of each other

Weather: Sunny, clear, low humidity. Varsity races temps between 60-65 degrees; JV races temps between 70-80.

Meet Results

Photos: Some Best of…

MXC Enjoys Participating at Lovejoy XC’s Fall Festival

Dateline September 26, 2015, McKinney, Texas:  At today’s Lovejoy Cross Country Fall Festival Meet, held at Myers Park in McKinney under sunny skies with temps in upper 70s for the Varsity races, but in the upper 80s for the JV races, the Lady Marauder teams both finished 6th, with the first team varsity once again enjoying a break from competitive racing. The Boys Varsity team finished 9th and the Boys JV team finished 2nd.

For Meet Results visit:

Below are some “best of” pics:

MXC Partially Reigns Supreme at Relocated Rainy Marcus II

Dateline September 19, 2015, Denton, Texas: This past spring’s severe flooding forced  the relocation of the Marcus II Invitational race site from its usual home in Hickory Creek on the shores of Lake Lewisville, with its backdrop of the picturesque Lake Toll Bridge, to Denton’s North Lakes Park, the site of the dreaded Levee, a great vantage point for fans to watch the race unfold, but not necessarily a pleasant home stretch for competitors. This spring’s floods proved a fitting foreshadowing of the morning’s races in Denton as the skies opened up during the Elite JV Boys’ race (see “in race” photos below). And, worse yet, when the Park storm sirens sounded out the threat of severe weather just before the Open JV Boys’ race, the days’ races drew to an abrupt and premature close.

We’re sorry that the day’s inclement weather made it impossible to complete the race lineup and we hope now more than ever to be back at the Marcus II Hickory Creek site next year, with its spacious parking and accommodations. For those that didn’t get the chance to toe the line and compete, we hope you can wait until next year, as the chances of a repeat of consecutive years of the combination of severe spring flooding and a September downpour impacting the day’s races will return to normal North TX sunny high improbability.

Of the seven of 11 races completed on this day, MXC teams competed in six events. The Lady M’s took 2nd in the Elite Varsity Girls race, 7th in the Open Varsity race, and 5th in the Elite JV Girls race, all very respectable given that the ladies’ first team varsity runners were awarded another day off from race competition and all the other MXC girls’ teams had to step up a category.

The guys enjoyed their first meet victories of the year, winning both the Elite Varsity and Open Varsity races, and coming in 2nd in the Elite JV race. This was a great showing and a big confidence boost for the boys’ teams.

It was just too bad that the remainder of the guys’ JV team couldn’t compete in the Open JV race, as they were just about ready to go when the Park Sirens wailed sending everyone scrambling for the exits at the site, which was filled to capacity at the time given the day’s usual line-up of soccer and football games, and on this day supplemented by a softball tournament. The good news is that the weather never turned worse and the Marcus XC Program intends to be back at Hickory Creek next year, where we won’t have to compete for parking with the other activities that are typical of any given Saturday in September in Denton at North Lakes Park.

We do hope to see everyone back next year in Hickory Creek with its challenging course that includes an array of elevations and running surfaces, and a great place for a victorious team or runner to take a victory jump in Lake Lewisville, which is the only “big water” we hope anyone will be seeing at next year’s Marcus II Invitational.

This year’s Meet Results can be found at this site:

Enjoy some photos below from this year’s abbreviated 2015 Marcus II Invitational:

Marcus Amply Fills the Void at McKinney-Boyd!

Dateline September 12, 2015 @ McKinney, Texas: At the McKinney-Boyd CC Meet held today at Myers Park in McKinney, the Marcus XC Marauders filled the void on an extremely hot day by stepping it up in a big way, with the ladies’ even stepping up an entire category in each of their races as the Girls’ first team varsity squad was awarded a day off from Coaches T & B.

The Lady M Teams went 3rd in the Girls Varsity Elite, 7th in the Girls Varsity Open and 12th in the Girls JV races – a very respectable yeomen-like effort given their first 7 were excused from duties and therefore missing from the overall line-up.

The Guys teams also performed extremely well, pulling trip-tres or a cubit (3×3), going 3rd in all three of their races, the Boys Varsity Elite, Boys Varsity Open and Boys JV.

You can find complete Meet Results at this link:

Enjoy some of these pics from the Meet:


They Came, They Ran & They Conquered the Marcus I Levee


Dateline August 29, 2015, Denton, Texas: Thanks to overcast skies, Saturday proved to be a beautiful day for cross country racing at the 2015 Marcus I Invitational held at North Lakes Park.

A big thanks to the 75 participating schools coming from near and far, and the some 2350 participating runners who conquered the Levee. We hope all attending fans, coaches, parents and volunteers enjoyed the new race format, and the day helped get your 2015 Cross Country season off to a flying start.

Race results can be found at the links at on the 2015 Marcus I Invitational page.

At the bottom of this page are some event and race photos, and immediately below is a recap of the top six finishing teams for each race:

Elite Varsity Girls:

1 Marcus 48
2 Southlake Carroll 54
3 Keller 113
4 Grapevine 177
5 The Colony 212
6 Decatur 264

Elite Varsity Boys:

1 Southlake Carroll 49
2 Grapevine 122
3 Tascosa 189
4 Frisco Wakeland 193
5 Midland 216
6 Sanger 276

Open Varsity Girls:

1 Southlake Carroll 22
2 Highland Park 101
3 Wakeland 103
4 Grapevine 123
5 Marcus 127
6 Keller 166

Open Varsity Boys:

1 Southlake Carroll 38
2 Mesquite 105
3 Abilene 109
4 Arlington Heights 130
5 Frisco Wakeland 185
6 Frisco 231

Elite JV Girls:

1 Southlake Carroll 20
2 Highland Park 82
3 Coppell 92
4 Grapevine 99
5 Keller 156
6 Marcus 244

Elite JV Boys:

1 Southlake Carroll 17
2 Coppell 89
3 Plainview Ok 97
4 Highland Park 110
5 Marcus 139
6 Grapevine 164

Open JV Girls:

1 Wakeland 25
2 Southlake Carroll 90
3 Coppell 103
4 Abilene 134
5 Grapevine 143
6 Forney 163

Open JV Boys:

1 Frisco Wakeland 42
2 Bridgeport 128
3 Coppell 147
4 Lewisville 152
5 Paschal 168
6 Marcus 213

Girls 3200:

1 Plainview Ok 15
2 Era 83
3 Bridgeport 87
4 Lindsay 87
5 Valley View 136
6 Gunter 152

We hope to see you back next year. Good luck to you and your team this 2015 Cross Country season.

Six Days & Counting to Marcus I

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We hope your team’s summer training went well. We also hope we’ll see you this 49122_fullSaturday, August 29th, at the 27th Edition of the Marcus I Invitational to be held at North Lakes Park, Denton, TX.


#1 – NEW TRAFFIC AND PARKING PLANBecause paved parking is limited and we’ve got a new race format (see race order below), please plan to come out early to make sure you are parked and don’t miss any of the day’s action. For complete details, including parking tips, please visit the Marcus I Invitational Page.  We’re rolling out a new traffic and parking game plan this year, so please review it on the above webpage – a printable copy is available at: MXC Parking Directions 2015.

#2 – NEW RACE FORMAT: Given this year’s new race format, please ask your runner which race s/he will be competing in. Here’s the race order:

  1. GIRLS ELITE VARSITY – 7 AM, rolling start thereafter max 7 runners per school
  2. BOYS ELITE VARSITY – max 7 runners
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  4. BOYS OPEN VARSITY – max 7 runners
  5. GIRLS ELITE JV – max 7 runners
  6. BOYS ELITE JV – max 7 runners

AUG 29 – first race 7 AM – Marcus I Invitational, 27TH EDITION @ North Lakes Park,Denton,TX


Street Address (for BUSES only): 2216 W Windsor Dr, Denton, TX

Street Address (for CARS / OTHER VEHICLES):  ‎North Lakes Park Drive at 3048 N Bonnie Brae St, Denton, TX 76207 (Fans, for parking, please use this address for park access for all car parking under our new traffic plan.)

DETAILS – Coaches/Fans/Parents: for Marcus I Race Details & Info, see Marcus Invitational I page)

MEET T-SHIRT – Yours, while supplies last for $10 (reasonably priced, we think) Marcus 1 T-Shirt Logo and Color

We hope to see you there!


Note to all Monty Python fans and others with a sense of humor: You are cordially invited to “BRING OUT YOUR SIGNS!” We’ll acknowledge this year’s best signs on the Marcus I Invitational page when we update it with the results.

Official Start of Season for Marcus Cross 2015

Dateline August 22, 2015, Flower Mound, TX: A long, hot, summer season of miles 008  and early morning training runs culminated at this Saturday’s late night annual “Start of Season” (SOS) Mile – the last Saturday of summer vacation.

The SOS Mile signals the passing of one season, the summer “off-season”, to the next one, “in-season”, at last.

And the 2015 Marcus Cross Girls’ and Boys’ teams each proved to the MXC fans and faithful attending the SOS Mile that this summer’s season of training was not for naught or done casually, but rather has been a summer of purpose and one that has delivered seasonal dividends.

The girls were up first and did not disappoint. In its long and storied 30-year

history, MXC has had ten or fewer girls run a 5:20 or faster mile. This night five girls did so, the greatest number ever achieving that time in a single SOS Mile. And one smashed the school SOS Mile record, running it in under 4:50. The second seven runners also ran faster than any other second seven in school history. Not too shabby, and hopefully a fortuitous sign of good things to come for the upcoming season.

The guys delivered a similarly impressive feat. Each of the first seven runners, who by

their finish earned Varsity rights for next week’s Marcus I Invitational, each ran a personal best, a PR, for the mile.

With the “regular” season beginning next week at Marcus I, the hope is that a great Start of

Season will be a harbinger of a similarly great season on the road ahead.




21 Days and Counting Down to the Marcus I Invitational

49122_fullWe hope your team’s training is going well, and we’ll see you on Saturday morning August 29th at the 27th Edition of the Marcus I Invitational (M1) in Denton, TX at North Lake Parks. The first race is the Girls’ Elite Varsity Race at 7 AM and will feature, among others, two teams that finished one-two at District, Region, State, and Nike South Regional (qualifying each team for Nike Nationals). So if you don’t want to miss that race, please don’t be late.

May the Course Indeed B w/ U! From Marcus I 2012

Prosperous Glad Tiding from some Prosper gals! We really should run a Best Team Spirit Sign Contest – shouldn’t we? So, this year, let’s have some fun!!! Bring out your signs for the 2015 M1 Run!

Because (1) we’re hoping for a great turn-out to see all the day’s races, (2) paved parking is limited, and (3) we’re operating under a new race format, please plan to come out early to make sure you are parked and don’t miss a second of the day’s action.

For complete details, including some parking tips, please visit the Marcus I Invitational Page. FYI – We learned some lessons on traffic flow last year, so we’re rolling out a new parking game plan this year. You will want to review it before coming out to the meet — it’s detailed on the Marcus I Invitational Page and a printable copy is available on this page: Directions and Parking Instructions & Diagram.

Important Note: This year we’re adopting a new race format to help ease how crowded the JV races have become at M1. The consequence is that many schools will be running teams in races #1 through #8, even race #9, of nine, meaning that many teams and their fans will be sticking around for the entire event, and fans therefore will need to come out early to be parked for the first race and there is likely to be less parking turn-over this year with the new format. Thus, you really do want to come out early this year to get parked and ready for the day’s races. Also, fans and parents will want to find out from your runner which event your runner is competing in. Here’s the order of races:

  1. GIRLS ELITE VARSITY – max 7 runners – 7 AM Start Time, rolling thereafter
  2. BOYS ELITE VARSITY – max 7 runners
  3. GIRLS OPEN VARSITY – max 7 runners
  4. BOYS OPEN VARSITY – max 7 runners
  5. GIRLS ELITE JV – max 7 runners
  6. BOYS ELITE JV – max 7 runners

AUG 29 – first race 7 AM – Marcus I Invitational, 27TH EDITION @ North Lakes Park, Denton,TX 


Street Address (for BUSES): 2001 W Windsor Dr, Denton, TX. 

Street Address (for OTHER VEHICLES):  ‎North Lakes Park Drive at 3048 N Bonnie Brae St, Denton, TX 76207 (Fans, for parking, please use this address for park access for all car parking under our new traffic plan.)

DETAILS – Coaches/Fans/Parents: for Marcus I Race Details & Info, see Marcus Invitational I page)

Be There, Aloha!!!


First Race, Marcus I Invitational 2012… Ladies and Gents, it’s time again to start your engines.

The Rear View Mirror Report on MXC’s Stellar 2014 XC Season


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Flashback to December 2014, Portland, OR: The Lady Marauders competed in Portland at Nike Cross Nationals for the first time in program history, finishing 21st. This was the capstone to a stellar program year for both the Boys’ and Girls’ Marcus XC teams.

To recap the season, let’s start with the Boys’ JV team, which had a truly phenomenal year:

  • 3rd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 1st @ McKinney Boyd
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 6th @ Nike South JV-1 Open Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your JV Boys District Champions!
  • 12th @ Nike South Regional in the JV Open Division

That’s six Firsts, one Third, and a District Championship. It would really be hard to do any better. Well done, gentlemen!

The Girls’ JV team had a not-too-shabby season as well:

  • 2nd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 8th @ McKinney Boyd (the Varsity had the day off, so every team moved up a division on this day – very nice showing for the team given the extractions)
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 4th @ Nike South JV-1 Open Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your JV Girls District Champions!
  • 5th @ Nike South Regional in the JV Open Division

That’s pretty exceptional, with five Firsts, one Second, a District Championship, and a top 5 finish at the Nike South Regional. Again, it would really be pretty darn hard to do any better. Well done, ladies!

The Boys’ Varsity had to overcome adversity, with multiple varsity athletes starting the season on the IR (injured reserve), and a team captain having an emergency appendectomy after the first race. But the IR members all made it back by the end of the season, resulting in a fantastic upward trend that brought great joy and excitement to MXC run fans:

  • 3rd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 5th @ McKinney Boyd Elite Division
  • 2nd @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 6th @ Nike South Invitational Elite Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your Varsity Boys District Champions!
  • 3rd @ Region – Finishing on the Medal Stand!!!
  • 8th @ State – hard-fought, great finish
  • 7th @ Nike South Regional in the Elite Division

That’s four Firsts, one Second, two Thirds, a District Championship, a medal stand finish at Region, and top 10 finishes at State and Nike South Regional. Given the adversity the team had to overcome due to health issues, this was an incredibly rewarding year. Well done, gents!

The GirlsVarsity had a dream season, one of the best in Marcus Cross history. As noted above, no Marcus Girls team had ever earned an invite to Nike South Nationals and this team accomplished that and much, much more. Here’s a run down on a year for the record books:

  • 1st @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 1st @ McKinney Boyd Varsity Division (rested top runners, did not run in Elite Div.)
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 1st @ Nike South Invitational Elite Division – first time in program history to win this race
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your Varsity Girls District Champions!
  • 1st @ Region – Your Varsity Girls Region Champions!
  • 2nd @ State – Silver Medalists
  • 2nd @ Nike South Regional in the Elite Division – Silver Medalists, highest finish ever in this race
  • 21st @ Nike Cross Nationals – first ever appearance in this race for the Lady Ms.

That’s eight Firsts (including a first ever win at the Nike South Invitational), two Seconds (Silver Medals at State and the Nike South Regional), a District Championship, a Region Championship, and a first ever invite to the Nike Cross Nationals. Simply an outstanding season. Well done, gals!

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Given how truly exceptional last year was, it really will be hard to top that, but…, one can hope that the magic of 2014 rolls over to 2015.

Thanks for the memories 2014 Marcus Cross, and here’s to the 2015 Marcus Cross squad and its quest to make comparable memories. May the Force and the Course Be With You!!!

Pics from Nike Nationals follow:


2015 Celebrate Highland Village 1K Fun Run & 5K Race – June 6th

Yes, it’s that time! The Celebrate Highland Village 5K is coming Saturday June 6, 2015. This is the 10th year the Marcus Cross Country and Track Booster Club has sponsored and organized this event!

1K Fun Run & 5K Race 

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Blvd.

Highland Village, TX 75077

Online registration: 

  • MXC Booster Club President, Dawn Reed

Your help and support are most appreciated!


And the help and support of our Sponsor’s is especially appreciated:

2015 Celebrate Highland Village Sponsors

Marcus Cross Country

Luke’s Locker

Bradley Chiropractic


Compton Time and Measure

Cryo Clinic


Lutz Running

Molly Skin Fix

Rapid Med


Speedy Bee

Please join us and our Sponsors to help make this year’s event the best ever, continuing a fine tradition and the great partnership of Highland Village, TX, Marcus Cross Country and Track Booster Club, and our fantastic sponsors and participants.

2015 Marcus I Invitational & 2015 Marcus II Invitational Dates Set

Dateline April 30, 2015, Flower Mound, Texas: Dates have been set for the 2015 Marcus I Invitational Cross Country Meet and the 2015 Marcus II Invitational Cross Country Meet. Please mark these dates down in your calendar and “Be There, Aloha!” We hope to see you at the Levee (Marcus I) and down by the Lake (Marcus II). Get your summer running in, and bring it!

27th Edition – Marcus I Invitational, Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Start Time: TBD
  • Location: North Lakes Park, DentonTX MAP:  – Street Address: 2001 W Windsor Dr, Denton, TX ‎
  • Details: Coaches, Fans, Parents, Athletes – for 2015 Marcus I Race Details & Info, MXC will post the Meet Info Sheet to this website as soon as it is finalized; meanwhile, for reference, feel free to review last year’s 2014 Marcus I Invitational – Aug. 30th, 2014 webpage)
  • Contact Info: MXC Booster Club President, Dawn Reed,

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#? Edition – Marcus II Invitational, Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • Start Time: TBD
  • Details: Coaches, Fans, Parents, Athletes – for 2015 Marcus II Race Details & Info, visit the Marcus II Invitational September 19, 2015 page.
  • Contact Info: MXC Booster Club President, Dawn Reed,


MXC Banquet Date Set; How to Watch MXC Ladies @ Nike Nationals Sat. Dec 6th

Two things of note for MXC fans:

1) The Marcus Cross Country Banquet date and time have been set – details as follows:

Friday, JAN 30 – 630 PM – Crossroads Bible Church, near Chinn Chapel at 8101 Justin Road, Double Oak, TX 75077

Invitation and info about how to help out with the event to follow.

2) To watch the girls run at Nationals, here’s some helpful info (we’re assuming that all times below are Pacific, so add two hours for local Central time zone viewing):

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Glendoveer Golf Course, Portland OR

9:30am Pacific: Webcast Starts
10:05am: Girl’s Championship Race
11:35am: Boy’s Championship Race
12:45pm: Community Race
* Awards to follow each race
* Schedule subject to change

Read more: – Nike Cross Nationals Official Site – NXN – Meet Info – Meet Info

Webcast likely to be found on the Nike Nationals webpage at:

Good luck to the Lady Marauders at Nike Nationals!