It was a dismal season for UTEP football fans, which witnessed a dreadful 3-9 season end with a thud on Saturday during a 33-24 home loss to Rice on Saturday night.
But there was a silver lining for Miner fans, as they were able to watch former UTEP cheerleader and current U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jalyessa Walker set a Guinness World Record with 49 consecutive handsprings at halftime. The mark crushed the previous record of 35 set by Dallas high school cheerleader Miranda Ferguson last month that made national news.
Walker, who graduated last spring from UTEP, said she had a personal record of 50 backflips but had to stop after she went through the end zone and onto the concrete.
“I wish I didn’t run out of room so I could have done 50,” Walker told The El Paso Times. “As soon as I hit the concrete, I was starting to get tired and scared because I didn’t want to fall.”
The film still has to be submitted to the Guinness headquarters in New York City and be accepted before it is official, but it certainly looks like Walker is about to be the pride of the UTEP football program.