Ex-UTEP cheerleader flips to beat Guinness record

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 10:34 AM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader who's now in the Army apparently has broken the world record for consecutive handsprings.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jalyessa Walker 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 says her goal was 50, but she ran out of room.

The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/WOwoG6) that the 23-year-old Walker has to submit her tape to Guinness World Records, which will determine if it's officially a new record.

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

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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