The Rear View Mirror Report on MXC’s Stellar 2014 XC Season

 

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Flashback to December 2014, Portland, OR: The Lady Marauders competed in Portland at Nike Cross Nationals for the first time in program history, finishing 21st. This was the capstone to a stellar program year for both the Boys’ and Girls’ Marcus XC teams.

To recap the season, let’s start with the Boys’ JV team, which had a truly phenomenal year:

  • 3rd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 1st @ McKinney Boyd
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 6th @ Nike South JV-1 Open Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your JV Boys District Champions!
  • 12th @ Nike South Regional in the JV Open Division

That’s six Firsts, one Third, and a District Championship. It would really be hard to do any better. Well done, gentlemen!

The Girls’ JV team had a not-too-shabby season as well:

  • 2nd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 8th @ McKinney Boyd (the Varsity had the day off, so every team moved up a division on this day – very nice showing for the team given the extractions)
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 4th @ Nike South JV-1 Open Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your JV Girls District Champions!
  • 5th @ Nike South Regional in the JV Open Division

That’s pretty exceptional, with five Firsts, one Second, a District Championship, and a top 5 finish at the Nike South Regional. Again, it would really be pretty darn hard to do any better. Well done, ladies!

The Boys’ Varsity had to overcome adversity, with multiple varsity athletes starting the season on the IR (injured reserve), and a team captain having an emergency appendectomy after the first race. But the IR members all made it back by the end of the season, resulting in a fantastic upward trend that brought great joy and excitement to MXC run fans:

  • 3rd @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 5th @ McKinney Boyd Elite Division
  • 2nd @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 6th @ Nike South Invitational Elite Division
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your Varsity Boys District Champions!
  • 3rd @ Region – Finishing on the Medal Stand!!!
  • 8th @ State – hard-fought, great finish
  • 7th @ Nike South Regional in the Elite Division

That’s four Firsts, one Second, two Thirds, a District Championship, a medal stand finish at Region, and top 10 finishes at State and Nike South Regional. Given the adversity the team had to overcome due to health issues, this was an incredibly rewarding year. Well done, gents!

The GirlsVarsity had a dream season, one of the best in Marcus Cross history. As noted above, no Marcus Girls team had ever earned an invite to Nike South Nationals and this team accomplished that and much, much more. Here’s a run down on a year for the record books:

  • 1st @ Marcus I
  • 1st @ Boswell Pioneer
  • 1st @ McKinney Boyd Varsity Division (rested top runners, did not run in Elite Div.)
  • 1st @ Marcus II
  • 1st @ The Colony
  • 1st @ Nike South Invitational Elite Division – first time in program history to win this race
  • 1st @ Flying Hawks
  • 1st @ District – Your Varsity Girls District Champions!
  • 1st @ Region – Your Varsity Girls Region Champions!
  • 2nd @ State – Silver Medalists
  • 2nd @ Nike South Regional in the Elite Division – Silver Medalists, highest finish ever in this race
  • 21st @ Nike Cross Nationals – first ever appearance in this race for the Lady Ms.

That’s eight Firsts (including a first ever win at the Nike South Invitational), two Seconds (Silver Medals at State and the Nike South Regional), a District Championship, a Region Championship, and a first ever invite to the Nike Cross Nationals. Simply an outstanding season. Well done, gals!

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Given how truly exceptional last year was, it really will be hard to top that, but…, one can hope that the magic of 2014 rolls over to 2015.

Thanks for the memories 2014 Marcus Cross, and here’s to the 2015 Marcus Cross squad and its quest to make comparable memories. May the Force and the Course Be With You!!!

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