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Lake Minatare students join speed stacking record attempt

November 9, 2018

MINATARE — The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Lake Minatare Elementary joined a worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people speed stacking for 30 minutes in one day.

Speed stacking is a sport, where individuals compete against each other to quickly build and then collapse stacks of cups. Cal Dixon, the physical education teacher at Lake Minatare, said he uses speed stacking as part of his curriculum.

“You know, when it’s bad outside, I’ll just pull the cups out,” he said.

The sport is particularly good for developing hand-eye coordination, and Dixon said he uses more complex variations for older students.

As part of the world record attempt, the school set up tables in the gym for the students to stack on. At 2 p.m., the kids started stacking. To keep things interesting, Dixon set up a tournament-style game, where students would compete against each other to pass up ranks, moving up with each win. In all, 33 Lake Minatare students took part.

Justin Vance, a fourth-grader, said he enjoys speed stacking.

“It gives you something to do,” he said. “It’s fun to get better and better at it.”

Kiera Sarchet, a fifth-grader, likes to time herself stacking on her own.

“I think it’s hard not to knock them over,” she said. “Especially right before you’re done, it’s easy to knock them over.”

Third-grader Faith Hurd said she enjoys stacking 3-6-3, where she has to stack three, then six, then three cups.

“It’s challenging for yourself,” she said.

Dixon was able to keep track of the number of participants at thewssa.com.

“This morning I was watching it, and there were New Zealand schools coming up, and Japanese schools, and schools from Thailand,” he said.

The previous record was set at 622,809. As of 4 p.m. on Nov. 8, the number was at 209,226.

mark.gaschler@starherald.com

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