On Oct. 30, Joey McFarland of Lexington performed 67 star jumps in one minute, with about 100 observers and two official witnesses looking on, at Xcell Sports, Science and Fitness in Lexington.
Theoretically, that could be enough to put Joey in Guinness World Records, which currently lists the world record for star jumps as 61 in one minute, set by a man in New York in 2008.
Joey, by the way, is 10. His parents are Peter and Theresa McFarland.
His possible record won't be official, of course, until and unless it's certified by the Guinness organization.
To achieve the certification, Joey's mom is sending Guinness a video of Joey's record attempt, plus still photographs, various official forms and a notarized letter from professional baseball player Austin Kearns and Jon Weece, lead minister at Southland Christian Church, who acted as witnesses. It probably will take a month or two until Joey knows whether he set a world record.
Joey's idea to set a world record came when he was reading the 2010 Guinness World Records.
"I was flipping through the book and I found this record for star jumps," he said. "I knew what a star jump was, and they're pretty easy for me. So I thought, 'I'm going to try this out.'"
For the, uh, record, a star jump is a bit like the jumping jacks you used to do in gym class, except that you start in a crouch. You jump upward with your arms and legs splayed outward, forming a "star." You land with both feet together again and lowered yourself into a crouch again.
Joey got his mother to time him. In his first try, he did 62 jumps in one minute, only to learn later that he wasn't doing the jumps correctly. After learning the proper form, he did even better, with 63 in a minute.
"Naturally, I dismissed the whole thing at first and thought, 'Oh, yeah, world record,'" Theresa McFarland said.
But Joey was serious. So his parents arranged for Ellery Moore, a former University of Kentucky football player who works at Xcell Sports, to help Joey train. They also had to file a formal record application with the Guinness organization.
Now, they're waiting to see whether Joey's 67 jumps constitute a record.
Meanwhile, he'll keep on jumping. The Lexington Christian Academy fourth-grader also has been a gymnast for about four years.
In fact, he says star jumps are "a little easier" than some of the gymnastic moves he normally does.