A large crowd inside the Lamberti Recreation Center at Buena Vista University witnessed track and field history on Saturday, as a 31-year-old art teacher from Branson, Mo., set a world record in joggling, a sport mixing running and juggling.
Chris Essick, a former college decathlete, ran the indoor 200 meter dash in 27.75 seconds while juggling three half-pound rubber balls throughout the entire race. If Essick's time is certified, it would break the official record of 30.20 seconds by Jaime Whoolery of Madison, Wisc.
Essick took up the sport three years ago, and said it is very challenging. "This sport really is difficult to do," Essick said. "It takes a lot of time and practice and concentration."
Essick also owns joggling world records in the outdoor 200 meter (:26.16) and the outdoor 400 meter (:56.9) races. The 400 meter outdoor record had stood for 10 years before he set the new mark in 2000. Essick won six gold medals at the 2002 National Joggling Championships and his Storm Lake feat is likely to be featured in both the Guinness Book of World Records and a future edition of Sports Illustrated.