Multiple Teams · North Dallas runners show steady improvement

Jose Gutierrez sprints to the finish line.
Jose Gutierrez sprints to the finish line.


North Dallas High junior Jose Gutierrez came so close. He missed the mark by 13 seconds.

When told that he finished Saturday’s run in 20:13,  Gutierrez expressed disappointment. His goal was to finish under 20 minutes.

“It’s hard,” he said of the goal, “but I have to keep trying.”

Gutierrez, the top boys finisher, ran a 3-mile time of 20:13.28 last week at the Garey Horner Invitational. North Dallas High coach Troy Power said he’s pleased with Gutierrez’s consistency and improvement.

Kathy Nguyen was the tops girls finisher, edging teammate Abigail Aldape down the final stretch toward the finish line. Nguyen finished in 26:58, followed by Aldape in 27:02. Fatima Rincon finished in 27:42, and Edith Cervantes in 27:53.

“It was not my best,” said Aldape, who is taking AP literature, economics and calculus,  and still manages to practice. “I know I can improve.”

Aldape’s time was 28:20 last week, while Nguyen improved by two minutes, finishing in 28:59. Nguyen was also the Lady Bulldogs top finisher (27:47) at the DCA Cross Country meet where she won a medal for 10th place.

With two meets left before the district meet on Oct. 20, Power is very pleased with the girls team. He said some runners continue to work through nagging injuries.

The North Dallas team travels to the Seagoville meet on Oct. 1


Tony Zargoza and Leo Campos compete for the varsity boys.
Tony Zargoza, followed by Leo Campos, compete for the varsity boys.


Varsity boys results

Jose Gutierrez 20:13

Nathan Reyes 21:10

Leo Campos 22:08

Tony Zaragoza 23:37

Marco Briones 24:40

Roberto Ramirez 26:03

Filipos Tesfamichael

Fatima Rincon nears the finish line.
Fatima Rincon nears the finish line.


Varsity girls results

Kathy Nguyen 26:58

Abigail Aldape 27:02

Fatima Rincon 27:42

Edith Cervantes 27:53

Mary Valdivia 31:46

Leslie Canales 32:06

Jennifer Lopez 35:25

Marielena Garcia was the top JV finisher.
Marielena Garcia was the top JV finisher.


JV girls results results

Marielena Garcia

Janette Lopez 18:41

Yanelly Martinez 20:22

Vanessa Gomez 21:00

Sky Ramirez 25:05