By Benny Rogers

One of the premiere cross country events in East Texas is scheduled to unfold Saturday morning on the campus of Malakoff High School.

More than 15 schools are scheduled to compete in the annual Malakoff Tigers Invitational Cross Country Meet. Action begins at 8:30 a.m.

“We’re expecting another good one,” veteran Malakoff coach DeArtis Nickerson Jr. said. “We’ve got 15 teams so far and there will be some good competition.”

With Eustace not scheduled to compete, new champions will be crowned in both the varsity girls and boys divisions, Nickerson said.

The first race on tap is the Varsity Girls Division. After the girls are finished on the two-mile course through the woods behind MHS, the varsity boys are set to take their turn on a three-mile course at 9 a.m.

Junior varsity and middle school action follows varsity competition with races set to begin in 30-minute intervals.

“We believe our course is a must-see for teams,” Nickerson said. “The majority of the course is in the woods, but it finishes on the track (in the football stadium) so teammates and spectators can watch.”

Among the schools expected to join Malakoff in the event are Kaufman, Canton, Kemp, Edgewood, Kerens, Mildred, Elkhart, Palestine Westwood, Fairfield, Fruitvale, Frankston, Murchison, Martins Mill and Rice.

Kaufman is coached by Denver Stone. He is in his first year there after having built a state-ranked program at Eustace.

There will be no admission charge.