Former UTEP Cheerleader Sets World Tumbling Record

EL PASO (November 26, 2012)--Former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader Jalyessa Walker, who's now in the Army has broken the world record for consecutive handsprings.

Walker, who’s a second lieutenant, did 49 back handsprings Saturday during halftime of the UTEP-Rice football game.

The crowd of more than 20,000 in El Paso counted along as she tumbled from one end of the field to the other, past the end zone before stopping.

Walker said her goal was 50, but she ran out of room.

Walker, ,23, has to submit the tape of the feat to Guinness World Records, which will determine if it's officially a new record.

In October a Dallas high school cheerleader set the current record with 35 back handsprings.

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