Some teams are regulars at the state meet and even some are regulars at getting on the awards stand making them the teams that are remembered and respected.
The Luling boys program recently won eight straight state titles, the San Elizario boys and Bandera and East Bernard girls all won four straight state titles. All four of those teams just had their streaks ended in 2018. The Woodlands boys kept their streak alive last year capturing their fourth title.
This article isn't about those teams. Instead, we are shining a light on a program that also has history and tradition on their side, just not in recent times.
The Marcus boys have had a lot of success in their history, but have been passed up a little bit in the past few years.
They've had both runners and teams who were at the top of the state and even nation. Does anyone remember one of the best runners in Texas high school history who goes by the name of Craig Lutz?
While Marcus has not fallen off, they have had their hands full as they are in one of the toughest districts in the state. Competing against teams like Southlake Carroll, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Keller, Coppell, and Hebron in district over the years and then once again at regionals, the competition has been real.
It has been since 2014 that Marcus made it to the state meet as a team. That year, they were third at the Region 1-6A meet and eighth at state. But, from there, it got difficult. They didn't make it out of district from 2015 - 2017.
However, last year, they they had a very good season all year long. They qualified to regionals out of districts for the first time since 2015 and just missed making it to state. They finished fifth as a team just four points behind El Paso Americas, for the last qualifying spot. They were oh so close.
Is this the year they make it back to state?
All things are possible, but it will be tough just to get out of district again as they have to go up against some of the top teams in Texas in their district meet.
However, they have already performed well at at their home meet, Marcus I, last weekend. They results were favorable for the Marauders and gives hope and high expectations of the team for the rest of the season.
Currently, Marcus ranks as the sixth best team in the state in terms as 5K stats and third in terms of Region 1-6A teams.
Last season, they finished the year with a 16th overall state ranking with the 5K stats. They had a 15:55.87 team average when you consider their season bests for their top five runners. Their total time was 1:19.34.
On this short season, they have already run a team 5K average of 16:20.99 and a total time of 1:21:44.95 in their first 5K of the year.
They key to improving and making sure they qualify for state will be the development of the runners, but continuing their tight pack running will be the biggest key.
Last year, Marcus had a 51 second 1-5 split. So far, they are right back in the groove and running tight. At Marcus I, they ran a 52.66 split.
Unfortunately, there is nothing for certain and the road will only get tougher as the season progresses, but the Marcus boys are on a good path and in control of their own destiny.
Greyson Gravitt and Ryan Fillingim are leading the Marauders as they are right at the 16:00 mark and below.
Six of their top seven runners are either juniors or seniors, so the time to get the program right back on track is now. They can turn four years of misses and last year's near miss around to punching their ticket and possibly even a state meet trophy.