Photo: Members of the Scales Elementary School cross country team at Tuesday night’s Brentwood City Commission meeting.
By LANDON WOODROOF
Special guests occasionally attend Brentwood’s City Commission meetings. The special guests who attended Tuesday night’s meetings just happened to be younger, quicker and possessed of more endurance perhaps than most.
Those guests were members of the Scales Elementary School cross country team, which has only been around for a few years, but which has grown to enjoy a considerable amount of success in that time.
The boys team won both local and regional meets during the 2017 season. The girls team placed second in both the Nashville city meet and the Middle Tennessee region meet.
One team member, Callahan Fielder, set course records at Steeplechase and the University School, according to a statement provided to Mayor Jill Burgin.
The team took part in the state championships in Knoxville back in October. There, the girls team finished 10th out of 22 schools, while the boys team finished 7th out of 19 schools. Callahan Fielder came in second overall while Payne Fielder came in 13th.
During the 2017 season, the team had 47 runners training weekly and 35 runners competing weekly.
The team’s exploits garnered praise from several city commissioners.
“I’d like to absolutely congratulate the Scales cross country team for a job well done,” Commissioner Regina Smithson said during the meeting.
“I, too, would like to congratulate the Scales cross country team,” Commissioner Rhea Little said. “That’s great…when individuals that age are starting to run and be active.”
The team competes through the Nashville Youth Athletics program.