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. 


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