Dateline October 31, 2014, Lubbock, Texas: In “spooktacular” fashion Marcus Cross treated its fans to a Happy Halloween by delivering two mid-afternoon medal winning race goodies at the UIL Region I Cross Country Championship held today at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, TX. On a crisp, clear, “mile high blue sky” kind of day, with light 10 mph winds, and a high temperature of just 64 degrees, the weather was perfect for runners to deliver great times, and on this Halloween MXC absolutely came through and delivered.
In the first ever 6-6A Region Championship, the Lady Marauders came through in flying colors and outpaced the competition, finishing first with 42 points, placing its first five in the top 18 runners, and outpacing 2nd place Hebron by 30 points (72), 3rd place Flower Mound (112), and 4th place Southlake Carroll (127). All four of these teams will travel to Round Rock, TX in the Austin area to run at the Texas State Championship next Saturday. And to show you just how competitive Marcus’ home District 6-6A is in girls’ cross-country, on the Region medal stand as the top three Region teams were the three LISD schools, Marcus, Hebron and Flower Mound, that had advanced out of District.
Pacing the Lady Marauders was Maddie Reed with a course record 16:51.18, and joining her on the top ten medal stand were Quinn Owen in 5th at 17:23.41 and Peyton Brown in 6th at 17:27.00. Rounding out the scoring were Emily Jeacock in 12th at 17:51.44 and Ashton Hutcherson in 18th at 18:14.41, and helping to put distance on the rest of the field were Emilia Ferreyra at 19:17.38 in 51st and Miranda Vassh at 19:36.45 in 62nd.
In the Boys’ 6A race, Marcus continued its upward trend by placing third, earning a spot on the medal stand with 118 points, behind first place and TX state #1 ranked Southlake (78) and second place El Paso Eastwood (87), and just two points ahead of 4th place and highly ranked Keller Timber Creek with 120 points. A close study of the team scores reveals that there were a number of performances by the Marcus top five finishers that put the team on the road not just to State, but the Regional medal stand.
Continuing his strong comeback from an early season injury, Logan Hendrix paced MXC with a 9th place finish and time of 15:14.81, earning him a spot on the top 10 individuals’ medal stand. Given the day’s events for the Hendrix family (our thoughts and prayers are with Logan’s dad Joe for a speedy and full recovery), one just cannot help but be amazed by Logan’s extraordinary performance. Strong finishes from Brady Steele, 14th, at 15:16.85, Luke Page, 27th, at 15:41.27, and two more MXC comeback kids, Cameron Blackmon, 28th, at 15:42.42, and Alec Blair, 42nd, at 15:58.17, saw MXC’s top five all finish the course in under 16 minutes. Rounding out the field with excellent times and helping distance the competition were Benson Merrill, 61st, at 16:14.73, and Parker Brady, 78th, at 16:33.88.
Thanks to their great regional performances, both MXC teams are headed back to the Texas State Cross Country Championship to be held next Saturday afternoon at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas. With races to the North of Austin at 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM, the site and timing make it possible for Marcus Cross fans to drive down Saturday morning in time to cheer on MXC. So, we hope to see you out there showing your Marcus Spirit. Both of these teams have worked very hard to earn their spots at State and are getting stronger every week.
NEXT UP: NOV 8 – Times Below – Texas State Cross Country Championship @ Lakeview Pavillion, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, TX http://goo.gl/maps/39GtQ Street Address: Lakeview Pavillion, Old Settlers Park, off Harrell Parkway, Roundrock, TX
- Girls 6A Texas State Cross Country Championship 12:30 PM
- Boys 6A Texas State Cross Country Championship 1:00 PM
Travel & Parking Tips for First Time Attendees: Coming down I-35 the day of the race shouldn’t be a problem if you are on the road around 7 AM or even a little later. Just remember I-35 has its construction spots and traffic thickens when you get to Round Rock, especially around the race site exit. Race parking for the Old Settlers Park course is at the Dell Diamond Stadium parking lot, so you should plan on it taking some time to get off the highway, through Round Rock traffic to the site, and parked in the lot. Plan accordingly, and understand that there are races every half hour starting at 9 AM, and once parked, you either need to hike about 3/4s of a mile to the race site or catch an event shuttle bus. But don’t let any of that deter you. With prior proper planning you can be there well ahead of the first 6A race to wish the teams good luck. Bring a chair, some water and maybe even a picnic lunch. It should be a great day to race, and cheer on Marcus!