Dateline November 22, 2014, The Woodlands, Texas: At the Nike South Regional Championship, a five state regional covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, to determine which two teams will earn spots at the Nike National Championship race in two weeks time, both Marauder teams performed extremely well and the Lady M’s punched their first ever ticket for a trip to run in the “Rose City”, Portland, Oregon.
Weather forecasts had predicted severe weather, with heavy rains and thunderstorms, for race day. But, while the Houston area was blanketed with rains immediately before and after the race, the inclement weather held off to provide pleasant race conditions with temps in the lower to mid-sixties under gray skies, and no rain, drizzle or mist. However, due to the prior day’s rains, the race course was saturated and muddy.
To accommodate the potential for bad weather hitting at any moment, the race schedule was modified and the Boys’ Championship race was held first. The Marauder Men fought their way through a crowded field of talented teams to improve on the team’s strong Texas State Championship 8th place finish to move up to 7th place for the Nike South Region, finishing as the 5th fastest Texas-based team. From where the team was ranked at the beginning of the season (10th in the Texas CC Coaches poll), and the fact that some key members had to overcome injuries and health issues during this Fall’s campaign, the team’s performance today closed out a most satisfying season.
We’ll take a look back at the MXC season highlights when the Marauders shut down operations for the year, but thanks to the Lady Marauders’ performance in the Girls’ Championship race, this season isn’t over as the Lady M’s have one more race to run, the Nike National Championship.
The Ladies fought through a star-studded field to finish second with a score of 101, 27 points behind fellow LISD and District 6-6A member first place finisher Hebron (74) and 34 points ahead of third place finisher Kingwood (135), repeating the order of the Texas State Class 6A Championship two weeks earlier. For the Lady M’s, Maddy Reed earned 2nd Team All-Region honors finishing 10th overall, and Quinn Owen earned 3rd Team All-Region honors finishing 17th overall. All the scoring Lady M’s finished in the top 40 team participant spots and persevered through the mud-bath to take one of the two coveted Nike Nationals spots.
In the Boys’ Open Race (combined results), the JV Guys team finished 12th overall, notwithstanding a start that resulted in two Marauders talking a severe spill along the way, approximately 100 meters out, risking being trampled by the tail-half of the crowded starting field. Both downed Marauders, Cole Klashinsky and Devin Allen, managed to get up and shake off their scary tumble to finish the race. Cole did such a great job overcoming adversity that he actually led the Marauder JV squad, battling his way through the field to finish 29th out of 454 overall runners.
Fortunately, the JV Gals team didn’t have to deal with extreme adversity in their race, and the JV Lady M’s placed extremely well, finishing 5th overall (Open Race combined results). The Junior Ladies’ squad was led by Mallory Meiners who finished 8th overall, earning a spot on the medal stand as a Top Ten Finisher.
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For the guys, it’s time to celebrate a season that closes on a high note as the Marauders continued their upward trajectory that saw the team continually overcome the odds and the field.
And for the senior Lady M’s, it’s time to sing their praises while they keep training and running for their appointment in the Rose City at the 11th Annual Nike National Championship. Celebrations and shout outs are in order for the gals as this is just the second Marcus team in the eleven year Nike Nationals history to earn this incredible honor, joining the 2010 Boys team which finished 10th at Nationals that year. The Lady M’s are ranked 15th in the nation today, so let’s hope the course and the force is with them two weeks from now, December 6th, at Portland, Oregon’s Glendoveer Golf Course when they toe the line for a run at the national championship.