Track And Cross Country Star Dylan Smith Commits To Dalton State

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith tries on a Dalton State cap after signing a letter of intent to run with the Roadrunners Thursday. From left, seated, Dylan is surrounded by his parents, Whitney and Jerry Smith; standing, Lester Gaylon, Gordon Lee head cross country coach; Andy Meyer, DS cross country coach; and Ricky Murdock, assistant cross country coach at Gordon Lee.
Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith tries on a Dalton State cap after signing a letter of intent to run with the Roadrunners Thursday. From left, seated, Dylan is surrounded by his parents, Whitney and Jerry Smith; standing, Lester Gaylon, Gordon Lee head cross country coach; Andy Meyer, DS cross country coach; and Ricky Murdock, assistant cross country coach at Gordon Lee.

Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith signed his letter of intent with Dalton State’s cross country team Thursday morning in the Gordon Lee media center.

Smith is the defending state champion in men’s cross country and in the one mile in track. “Dalton State is a good fit for me,” he said. “I have taken notice of the early successes and the runners the school has attracted. I also like that it is close to home.”

A large crowd of students and staff applauded their approval as the Trojan athlete tried on a Dalton State cap. “You’re getting a fine young man,” said several teachers on hand. “You ask him to do something in the classroom or in sports and he always goes above and beyond.”

“We’re blessed to have a runner of his caliber with two state titles and a 3.7 GPA,” said Roadrunner cross country coach Andy Meyer. “He will be a great addition to next season’s team. We hope to be a big part of his success.”

Smith has plaid several high school sports but settled into running. He is in his third year on the track team and also ran cross country for three seasons. In addition, he has been active in the Future Farmers of America.

Dylan is the son of Whitney and Jerry Smith of Chickamauga. 


Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)