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.
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.
While 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 Region 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, as 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: http://tx.milesplit.com/meets/155462-region-i-championships#.UncuLnCsh8E
But there is good news to report, and hope springs eternal, even in the late Fall, for these Marauders. Marcus will be well and ably represented at the State Championship in both the Girls’ and the Boys’ races – by virtue of Maddie 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: http://goo.gl/maps/39GtQ Official State Website for Parking and further Directions/Information: http://www.uiltexas.org/cross-country/state
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 year, 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.