Multiple Teams · North Dallas cross country team overcomes hurdles


ND Coach Troy Powers says he wants the runners "to get better and have fun."
ND Coach Troy Powers says he wants the runners “to get better and have fun.”

 

The  32th annual Greenhill School/Luke’s Locker 6-mile relay meet on Saturday at Norbuck Park had certain challenges. Each member of the relay team had to run in their own race, plus the course was different from past years, and included jumping over bales of hay.

Some had no problems, but some fell down. OK, quite a few fell down. But it’s part of the fun in the first meet of the season.

“It’s more of a fun meet. They don’t run anything like this,” ND coach Troy Power said, pointing to the bales of hay.

Antonio Zaragoza said he didn’t fall, although some teammates did.

“It was a good challenge for us,” he said. “We don’t usually run hills.”

The boys team finished with a time of 41.29. The team consisted of Steven Do, Jason Solorzano, Leo Campos and Zaragoza.

The girls varsity finished with a time of 52.22. The team consisted of Janette Lopez, Kathy Nguyen, Fatima Rincon and Abigail Aldape.

The girls JV team finished with a time of 54.02. The team consisted of Jennifer Lopez, Sky Ramirez, Mari Garcia and Esmeralda Cuevas.

Power said the boys and girls finished higher than year’s result.

“These were the best times of any team that I have taken to the relays,” he said. “I am very proud of all teams. They have worked hard, and it showed today. There is still a lot of work left to do, but knowing these kiddos, we will get to where we want to be!”

 

Sky Ramirez gets over the bales of hay.
Sky Ramirez gets over the bales of hay.
Mari Garcia goes up and over the bales of hay.
Mari Garcia goes up and over the bales of hay.
One runner struggles to get over the hay.
One runner struggles to get over the hay.

 

Jennifer Lopez goes up and over.
Jennifer Lopez goes up and over.