Flower Mound boys team talks after their 2018 Marcus I win
So, everybody knows that in order to win the Marcus I Invitational you have to have talent and be ready for a tough battle. The Flower Mound boys and girls teams were both able to come away with the team victories against some of the top teams in the state.
Their performance earned both squads #1 spots in the initial 2018 MileSplit50 team rankings.
Being number one in the state is a big deal, but going into week two of September #1 is inconsequential if you're not riding high when the most important part of the season comes around. That time of the year is in October and November. Championship season begins in October and continues at least until the first week of November and into December if you're really on your game.
However, Marcus I is a big measuring stick and for the most part, winning the meet is a tell tale sign.
The winner of the Marcus I team titles have gone on to have championship season success for most of the last ten years.
Only one year did the girls winner not end up on the awards state at the state meet, over the last decade. The girls winners have won six UIL state titles, two second place finishes, and one third place finish. The only time in the last ten years that a girls team did not win a trophy at state when 2008 winner Keller failed to qualify for the state meet.
On the boys side, the link between Marcus I and championship season success continues.
The Marcus I winner accounts for four UIL state championships and four second place finishes. Only in 2008 (Flower Mound -7th place) and 2009 (Marcus - 4th place) did the Marcus winner not walk away from Round Rock with a trophy, that makes eight out of ten years.
There has also been post season success for the majority of the Marcus I winners. The girls winner has won four NXR South titles and was second two other times, thus receiving automatic bids to NXN for a total of six times in the last ten years.
The boys Marcus I winner has five NXR South titles and placed second three other times qualifying for NXN a total of eight out of ten years.
The Flower Mound squads had splits of .53 seconds for the boys and 1:25 for the girls last weekend. Every Marcus I winner that has split lower than 1:10 has made it to NXN for the boys and every girls team that had a split lower than 1:25 qualified for NXN, except on two occasions.
Flower Mound doesn't have any state titles and just one NXN berth in the last ten years. But, Marcus I history says that one or both of their teams could be in for some UIL hardware and some flight plans to Oregon in December.