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Local students break world record

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The record attempts have yet to be certified by Guinness. Leadership Wilson, local high school students and community volunteers went to painstaking efforts to make sure everything met the Guinness guidelines.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=19|imageid=101|displayname=0|float=left}We wanted to involve the high school kids and get them active and have something memorable, said Kerry Becht of Leadership Wilson.

Brecht said the Leadership Wilson class has been working on the world record effort for months. She said Guinness has a lot of hoops they had to jump through, especially with documentation.

Every baton hand-off had to be recorded on film and in photographs while an official clock had to be recorded at the start/finish line as well.

Also, every student had to sign in their names and numbers and could not stray away from the bleachers once they completed the race to be sure everything went by the book.

Brecht said in order to have the records officially recognized, they will have to send the evidence to the Guinness office in New York City. She said Leadership Wilson would have had to pay for a Guinness official to travel and stay in town to cover the events. Instead, they chose to document the efforts themselves and send them in for consideration.

Assuming Guinness certifies the attempts, several local students will be in the record books.

At MJHS, Asher Benson was the 192nd runner to complete the relay, breaking the previous record. For WCHS, runner 249, Conner Brandon was in the limelight as he represented the runner that passed MJHSs record.

At LHS, students were 30 minutes into the relay when the official clock malfunctioned and stopped. At the time, the students were on pace to have around 20 runners finish the relay.

Once the clock was fixed and the relay started over, Lebanon High student Carlee Clark was the 252nd runner to complete the relay.

TSSAA officials were also on-hand to make sure all track and field regulations were followed.

This is great, its so good to have the students be world record holders for a day, said Wilson County Schools Health Coordinator Chuck Whitlock.

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