March 8, 2014

DSC inks Class A state cross country champ

Gordon Lee High School senior Dylan Smith signed with Dalton State College’s men’s cross country team this past week in Chickamauga.

Smith won the Georgia High School Association’s Class A public school state title for cross country this past fall and was the 1,600-meter run champion in track and field last spring.

Smith won the 5K (3.1-mile) cross country championship in 17 minutes, 39.14 seconds and won the 1,600 in 4:42.31.

“Dalton State is a good fit for me,” Smith said during his signing Thursday in the Gordon Lee media center. “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 Trojans runner tried on a Dalton State cap.

“We’re blessed to have a runner of his caliber with two state titles and a 3.7 GPA,” said Roadrunners 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 played 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.

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