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Runner pulls out of brother’s shadow, qualifies for state

Dallas Mora placed 10th at regionals, which qualified him for state finals.

Dallas Mora placed 10th at regionals, which qualified him for state finals.

Dallas Mora

Dallas Mora

For some student athletes it’s the participation ribbon that satisfies, for others it takes much more. For some it seems there is never enough. Just one more step, one more breath; not for the glory but knowing “I can do better.” Those are traits that will help in life.

For one Cedar Springs sophomore it means stepping out of a very large shadow that’s  been cast out in front of him and the perseverance that it has taken to make a name for himself.

Dallas Mora has been running around since 4th grade and has been branded with the moniker of “Connor’s little brother.” He’s been asked hundreds, if not thousands of times if he’s going to beat his brother’s times, usually “tongue in cheek.” His response is to let his running do the talking.

For the first time since 2010, Cedar Springs will be represented by a sophomore at the State Meet by an individual at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.

Dallas punched his ticket Saturday at the Region 10 Cross Country Regional in Gaylord on a cold, rainy day. His 10th place finish earned him the right to toe the line with the best Division 2 runners in the state. He has already garnered OK Bronze All conference this year. His next goal is to run for his teammates and to prove his mettle, and to show that you don’t get somewhere by  the achievements of others, but by your own  work and determination.

Congratulations, Dallas!

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