Five members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cross country and track teams spent a rainy April morning at St. Peter’s Episcopal School on Ashland Terrace.
The student-athletes were on hand to participate in the track opening ceremony at St. Peter’s to mark the world’s first International Day of Sport for Development of Peace. However, due to the storms, all activities were moved indoors. Ironically, St. Peter’s nickname is “The Storm”.
Events were to include each UTC student-athlete on a team with three St. Peter’s students to compete in a 4x200m relay. Despite the storms brewing outside, the younger students wanted to go out to play. They were very excited to have the Mocs at the school.
Instead, junior Ambria Reese (Memphis, Tenn.), junior Jessica Philpott (Winchester, Tenn.), freshman Chandler Rogers (Loudon, Tenn.), sophomore Matthew Marshall (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and sophomore Geoff Nelson (Brentwood, Tenn.) helped present the new school banner and athletics logo to be dispayed at St. Peter’s track facility.
The student-athletes share stories about their experience in the classroom and what it is like to compete at the collegiate level.
From Sam Parfitt
St. Peter's School hosts the Independent Schools Conference track meets. We host ten schools and so the track season is sort of our showpiece really in our season of sports. We have cricket, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, dance, cross country and track and this event was supposed to be a celebration of all we do.
Our children have certainly been inspired by our athletes being there and it's great for them to see the healthy balance of a well trained mind, a well trained body and a well trained passion for community service.