Dateline, September 21, 2013, Westlake Park, Hickory Creek, TX: Having weathered an imperfectly timed major rainstorm yesterday, cross country race fans were treated today to nearly perfect race day conditions for the Marcus II Invitational held at its new venue on the picturesque shores of Lake Lewisville in Hickory Creek, TX at Westlake Park, which provides a wonderful vista of Lake Lewisville and the new Lake Lewisville Toll Bridge.
With race time temps ranging from the mid-60s to lower 70s for the morning’s 5A races, accompanied by beautiful sunshine with surprisingly low humidity after the prior day’s storms, Mother Nature absolutely delivered splendid weather for race fans. The runners, however, did have to deal with a stiff morning breeze that produced white caps on the Lake.
The day before when the Marcus Volunteers set the course, it rained perhaps 3 inches at the site – meaning there were some wet spots on the course today, and one spot that earned the nickname “Mud Bath Bend” after the 5A Girls Varsity runners christened the course with the first race of the day.
However, the rain also helped pack down the sand on the beach portion of the course, and the packed sand proved a major improvement over the prevailing conditions prior to race day.
With some interesting dips and swales, and minor hills and dales, and resulting elevation changes throughout the length of the course, the site appears to offer runners a challenging true “cross country” experience that no doubt would push even a veteran steeplechaser to his or her limits and beyond!
And with the back drop of the Lake Lewisville Toll Bridge looming over the runners at the Start, as well as the Lake scenery when the runners hugged the Eastern Shore of the Lake, the site and the day provided a picture postcard perfect day for racing.
For Meet Results for the Marcus II Invitational, September 21, 2013, including splits, please find the link on the Marcus II Invitational – September 21, 2013 page.
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For Marcus oriented photos of the 5A races, please visit the Marcus II 2013 Photos page.