We wanted to involve the high school kids and get them active and have something memorable, said Kerry Becht of Leadership Wilson.
WCHS senior James Wood was the first to start the relay as Tony Bates, owner of Bates Ford, fired the starting gun. Runner 249, Conner Brandon was in the limelight as he rounded the turn holding the baton in the air, handing it off to officially break the record set by MJHS.
They called me into the office about a week ago and picked me, Bandon said, noting he was chosen as Runner 249 before MJHS set a new world record Tuesday.
With time running down, Brad Cavanaugh was the 251st runner to complete the relay, with TSSAA officials on-hand to make sure all track and field regulations were followed.
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 a camera mounted on the football fields press box captured the relay in its entirety. Students from the high schools Newspaper, Media and Yearbook classes helped with the video and photographic records of the events.
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 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.
This is great, even if the record is broken each day, its so good to have the students be world record holders for a day, said Wilson County Schools Health Coordinator Chuck Whitlock.
The attempt by LHS and WHS students will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.