BRENTWOOD – Early during the Scott Hartman Relays at Brentwood High School on Tuesday, competitors and fans paused to remember the annual meet’s namesake – a former Bruin who set a state record in winning the decathlon in 1986.
Hartman, who earned a scholarship to the University of Tennessee, was critically injured in his first collegiate track meet on April 17, 1987 by an opponent’s errant hammer throw. He suffered a catastrophic brain injury and never regained complete consciousness. He died at the age of 36 in 2003.
His sister Pam Minutelli spoke to the crowd Tuesday. She thanked those in attendance and spoke of Hartman's greatness both on and off the track.
“He was such an amazing athlete and a wonderful person,” she said. “It’s just amazing to have this meet still going on so many years later. It means so much to still have his story going.”
The Scott Hartman Relays were originally established as a fundraiser for Hartman and his family. His mother Kay brought Hartman to the event years ago. Minutelli FaceTimed with her Tuesday.
“It was special to be able to show her where we were and what we were doing,” Minutelli said. “I know she was excited when she saw the pole vaulting (where Hartman was the state champion in 1985). I'm just trying to represent since my mom isn’t in the best shape right now. I know she was always here and brought Scott here every year until he died.
“It was great for her to see this.”
The Brentwood girls lead the team scoring through nine events with 70 points as of Tuesday’s competition. Ensworth (67.5) is second and Ravenwood (42.5) third. The Mt. Juliet boys lead the team standings on the other side with 60 points, six better than the Bruins. The Ensworth and Franklin boys are tied for third with 46 apiece.
Brentwood’s Hollan Powers picked up the first win for the Lady Bruins with a long jump of 18 feet, 7 inches on her final try. In last week’s March Madness meet at Ravenwood, the senior’s 18-8 set the bar for the state.
“With the tail wind, I was expecting a bit more, but I’m just happy to be out there,” said Powers, who added a third place showing in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.63 seconds. “I know we were iffy about even making it here with everything still going on, but outdoor season is the best and we all know that.
“This just feels good. We’re all happy to be out here.”
The Lady Bruins also picked up wins from Camille Williams, who finished the 400 in 1:01.87. Brentwood’s Samuel Sullivan posted a 51.59 to win the boys 400, where Franklin’s Patrick Lama was second in 53.02.
Brentwood’s 4X800 relay team anchored by senior Kaitlyn Vanderkolk clinched the top finish in 9:56.06 – more than 20 seconds better than Independence (10:17.76).
The Franklin boys clinched the 4X800 relay, finishing six seconds faster than Brentwood in 8:12.76.
Facing heavy winds, Ravenwood’s Gabriel Robinson and Independence’s Jayne Halterman captured the 1,600 titles. Robinson finished in 4:25.01, while Brentwood went 2, 3 with Brody Chapman (4:28.76) and Jack Rittler (4:37.26) next. Halterman (11:03.38) topped Brentwood’s Brooke Tyll (11:26.79) and Ravenwood’s Jordan Rayl (11:32.44).
Brentwood Academy’s Eli Sutton had the top shot put by clearing 52-3, while teammate Mensi Stiff won the girls discus with a 142-9 throw.
The meet is scheduled to continue Wednesday, but rugged weather may push it back to Thursday.