Dateline November 8, 2014, Round Rock, Texas: This Saturday at the Texas State Class 6A Cross Country Championship, the Marcus Marauder teams both performed extremely well on a sunny, breezy day with race time highs in the lower 70s.
The Lady Marauders led off and scored a spirited 76 points for second place and the Texas State team silver medal, for which all MXC celebrates and is quite proud. The gals were paced by Maddy Reed who finished 9th overall (team score of 5) making the individual medal podium. She was joined, as Second Team All-State CC members, by Peyton Brown finishing 11th overall (team score 7) and Quinn Owen finishing 13th overall (team score 8). Also scoring and finishing in the top 50 runners were Emily Jeacock (35th overall for 25 team points) and Ashton Hutcherson (44th overall for 31 team points). Rounding out MXC’s runners were Miranda Vaash (team score 89) and Emilia Ferreyra (team score 98). Joining Marcus on the team medal stand was Hebron, finishing first, just eight points ahead of Marcus with a team score of 68, and Kingwood, finishing third, 28 points behind Marcus with a team score of 104. Fellow District 6-6A member, Flower Mound, finished 6th overall, and fellow Region I member, Southlake Carroll, finished 4th, emphasizing the strength of NTX’s local cross country competition.
The Marauder guys ran next and finished in 8th place with a team score of 193. The guys were led again by Logan Hendrix who finished with a team score of 8 and 11th overall, just off the medal podium, but earning Second Team All-State honors. Rounding out the M’s team scoring were Luke Page – 39, Cameron Blackmon – 43, Brady Steele – 47, and Benson Merrill – 56. Closing things out for the Marauders were Alec Blair – 65 and Andrew Duffy – 76. The team finished 76 points behind third place College Park (117), with 1st place going to Southlake (94) and 2nd going to The Woodlands (105). Given the ground the boys have had to cover this year due to injuries, all of MXC also celebrates and is quite proud of just how well the guys performed at State, continuing to work wonders on an out of this world upward trajectory.
And that’s important, because faring well at State is of good portent owing to the fact that State isn’t the farewell performance of the cross country season. Far from it. Both teams have earned invites to the Nike South Regional, a multi-state qualifier meet for the Nike HS Cross Country National Championship held in Portland, Oregon in early December. At the Nike South Regional to be held in two weeks in The Woodlands, the top ten individual runners, and the top two teams, for both the guys and the gals, will earn a ticket to the Nike National Championship. So neither team will be shutting things down. Rather, these next two weeks, both teams will be back at training, joined by other team members who will be running the Nike South Regional JV race. So, time to keep all options open and all dreams alive, and remember what the Happy Warrior (US VP Hubert Horatio Humphrey) had to say: “Before the fact is the dream.” So Go Marcus: Train On, Dream On, Run On!!!