Friday May 27 2011
Placer High students aim to hit world-record bull’s-eye
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Sophomores strive to play darts for 36 hours
Four students at Placer High have their eyes on one number, 36 — hours that is. This weekend sophomores Brandon Barry, Kyle Hedden, Jalen Lewis and Brennan Entz will attempt to break the world record for the longest doubles darts tournament by playing for a total of 36 hours. Barry said the inspiration came from one of their teachers at Placer, Thomas Schroeder. “We were just looking for something fun to do and our friend came up with the idea of breaking a world record. Breaking a world record is kind of prestigious and me and my friends just love to play darts anyway,” Barry said. “Our teacher at Placer has broken the record for longest pingpong game. That kind of gave us the idea.” The current record of 32 hours and four minutes was set by Scott Maynard, Nathanael Hubbard, Chris Taylor and Shane Rose from Queensland, Australia on May 22, 2010. Barry said the group from Placer is aiming for 36 hours so they have a better shot at holding on to the record for years to come. The process for going down in the record books is no cake walk though. Barry said the dart dynamos, who will be playing the game Cricket, all have to be standing for the entire day and a half. Play alternates between the two pairs. Verifying the results is a lengthy process, with many official components, according to Barry. “Either you can pay for a representative to get sent out, which is like $4,500, or go with a second option to complete a tremendous pile of paperwork,” Barry said. They decided to go the paperwork route. Witness statements, videos and newspaper clippings will all be submitted to the Guinness World Records organization for evaluation. The quartet plans on using the Auburn Boys and Girls Club as the venue for their record-breaking game. One of their witnesses will be Schroeder himself. Schroeder claimed his pingpong record in 1977 and held on to it for six months. “Our record was 103 hours, which is a little over four days,” Schroeder said. “It ended up being somewhat of a sleep depravation test. We were hallucinating. We were literally seeing things that weren’t there. We had a blast” Schroeder also used his five minutes of fame in the world spotlight as a fundraiser to benefit his church. Guinness even mailed him a certificate to validate the victory. His record was beat by 20 hours two weeks before the Guinness Book of World Records came out that year. But Schroeder said he was proud to have held the record, even it was just for a few months. As a successful record breaker and biology, anatomy and physiology teacher, he said he has some crucial advice for his students. “I would say go easy on the caffeine,” Schroeder said. “You want to be eating well and drinking well — definitely easy on the sugar and easy on the caffeine. We had people helping us to make sure we were eating good meals.” Barry said the group has taken Schroeder’s advice to heart and from 7 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. on Sunday, they will be forgoing energy drinks. They already completed a 10-hour trial over spring break to gear up for the feat of stamina. “We are trying to stick with traditional methods of apples, fruits and water instead of caffeine drinks,” Barry said. “We are wondering if we will break the world record or kill our love of darts forever.” Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org.