North Dallas senior Alfredo Briseno continues to improve his time in the 400 meters.
“It’s my favorite race. It separates the good from the best,” he said at a recent meet. “And that’s the toughest run right there. It’s a full sprint over a lap.”
Alfredo and the Bulldogs track and field team will be participating in the District 12-5A meet Thursday and Friday at the Jesse Owens Complex. Most of the prelims are on Thursday with finals on Friday.
“It’s a great season and probably my best season so far,” Alfredo said. “My personal record [in the 400] last year was 58 and I’ve knocked it down three seconds to 55. That’s pretty good.”
Alfredo took second place in 55 seconds at one meet. He also ran 55 at the Ennis Relays. He follows a strategy for each race.
“You start off fast in the first 400 and you keep your stride for the second 200 and for the last 200, you just go full out speed. That’s it,” Alfredo said.
“I put on the afterburners at the end, and keep your stride, keep your posture and don’t rock too much.”
Alfredo also runs the first leg of the 4 by 100 relay and the 4 by 200 relay. He relies on his experience running out of the blocks to get the relay team going.
“You can’t get behind,” he said.
Alfredo played football in the fall and then prepares for track, and his race, the 400 meters.
“After football, I start running and start hitting the weight room as well to get the leg muscles up,” he said.
What’s his secret?
“Just practice a lot and have confidence in yourself.”