Dateline October 19, 2015, McKinney, Texas: On a gorgeous, sunny, cool morning, the Marauders XC teams all toed the line Monday for the District 6-6A Championship held at Myers Park in McKinney.
For a select few teams, District is the first event of their “Championship Season” and a stepping stone toward a possible run at a Texas State Championship. The top three varsity squads advance to the Region I Championship in Lubbock (to be held this coming Monday, October 26th). For all other teams, District is most likely the last race of their season (and for the vast majority of participating seniors, the last race of their HS cross country careers). District 6-6A is loaded with talent. It’s a very tough District from which to survive to live to run another day. So the pressure is great, and the competition for a trip to Regional is even greater.
On this day, all Marauder teams performed more than admirably. For the Girls Varsity, it was an opportunity to challenge themselves against last year’s Texas State Champions, Hebron, and defend the Lady Marauder’s 2014 District Championship. Things went well for the MXC Varsity Girls, last year’s Texas State runner-up team, as the Ladies succeeded in defending their prior year’s district title. Scoring a total of 40 points, with four runners in the top 10, the Ladies finished 13 points in front of Hebron, which had two runners in the top 10, and 22 points ahead of third place Flower Mound, which also had two top 10 runners.
- Marcus:40 | 1+6+7+8+18 (23+27) | 1:55 1-5 Split | 19:20 Avg
- Hebron: 53 | 2+3+10+17+21 (24+31) | 1:58 1-5 Split | 19:25 Avg
- Flower Mound: 62 | 5+9+11+12+25 (32+43) | 1:28 1-5 Split | 19:43 Avg
The Boys Varsity, the defending 2014 District Champs, had a much tougher hill to climb. Unlike the Ladies who have consistently been ranked as one of the top teams in TX and the nation, the Men graduated many varsity runners last year and were in rebuilding mode, hoping that they could run (and hang together, a la Ben Franklin’s admonition for the fledgling American Colonies) in such a way as to make it through the tough District 6-6A gauntlet. And on the tough hilly Myers Park course, with an extra high degree of difficulty provided by the freshly turned, loose dirt pathway (making it feel like running in clumpy sand), the Men did their best but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to punch a coveted ticket to Regional. The Marauders finished 5th, scoring 109 points, some 30 points back of third place Allen and 20 points back of 4th place Plano West. At least, on this tough day, Cole Klashinsky’s stellar 5th place finish, continuing his outstanding season long running, earned him a trip to Lubbock with the Lady Marauders.
- Hebron: 52 | 1+4+13+16+18 (41+55) | 0:56 1-5 Split | 16:46 Avg
- Flower Mound:57 | 7+9+12+14+15 (17+29) | 0:22 1-5 Split | 16:53 Avg
- Allen:79 | 2+3+10+28+36 (48+54) | 1:27 1-5 Split | 16:57 Avg
- Plano West: 89 | 6+11+23+24+25 (27+31) | 0:50 1-5 Split | 17:05 Avg
- Marcus: 109 | 5+21+22+26+35 (40+47) | 1:10 1-5 Split | 17:13 Avg
The JV Girls were also defending a 2014 District Championship and like the Varsity Girls, they held serve and repeated, holding their Championship Crown, which they’ve now held for at least four years running. Scoring just 23 points, they finished with six of the top 10 runners, some 27 points ahead of 2nd place Flower Mound and 46 points ahead of 3rd place Plano West.
- Marcus: 23 | 2+3+5+6+7 (8+24) | 1:11 1-5 Split | 21:07 Avg
- Flower Mound: 50 | 1+4+11+13+21 (23+26) | 3:22 1-5 Split | 21:23 Avg
- Plano West: 69 | 10+12+14+15+18 (27+33) | 0:16 1-5 Split | 22:12 Avg
In the final race of the day, the defending champion MXC Boys JV team came close, but finished second to Flower Mound, some 17 points back of first place, but some 43 points ahead of third place Plano West. The JV Men had two runners in the top 10.
- Flower Mound: 31 | 1+2+5+6+17 (23+24) | 1:38 1-5 Split | 17:54 Avg
- Marcus: 48 | 4+8+10+12+14 (19+22) | 0:59 1-5 Split | 18:22 Avg
- Plano West: 91 | 3+16+20+25+27 (36+37) | 1:25 1-5 Split | 18:40 Avg
Good Luck Lady Marauders and Cole K. this coming Monday in Lubbock. Go West, Run Wild and Well, and Run On to Round Rock and a shot at a Texas State Championship!!! For those planning to attend the Regional on Monday, the Girls 6A race is 12:00 P.M. and the Boys 6A race follows at 12:30 P.M. (see link below) at Mae Simmons Park, Lubbock, TX. (Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/oqxHZ; Street Address: Mae Simmons Park, 1319 East 24th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79404; Nearest Major Intersection: MLK Blvd @ 24th St., Lubbock). If you go, cheer loud and proud for your running Marauders! Go MXC!
Weather Conditions: Sunny, low humidity and lower 60s for Varsity races; mid 60s for Girls JV, lower 70s for Boys JV.
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