Howling Stackers flurry of speed
According to the World Sport Stacking Association, sport stacking is now part of more than 47,000 school and club programs in 54 countries worldwide. The Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) Howling Stacker club team participated in the March Colorado Open Championship held at Douglas County High School, a qualifying event for the 2023 Junior Olympics that will be held in late July. All team members took part in both individual and doubles events. Parents of 11 of the team members also joined in on the action competing together on the child-parent doubles cycle stack. The majority of the stackers were from Douglas County, but there were also stackers representing other districts, as well as five other states and two other countries, Malta and the Ukraine.
The 22-member Howling Stackers team was led by Dr. Marina Bonello, Matt Le Claire, Regina Luber, Kimberly McCarthy and Michelle McCluskey. Although members of the TTE Howling Stackers did not advance to the Junior Olympics, many placed in the top three positions in the various age divisions. Three team members set Colorado records in the 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and cycle female division using the new G5timer. Each event involves a unique sequence of stacking cups up and down. Keeley Valuck set a new record for the 3-3-3 using nine cups in the 7/8 age division, Aria Bird set a new record on 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 which uses 12 cups in the 9/10 division, and Jolene Luber set a record in the 3-6-3 and cycle events using 12 cups in the 11/12 division. In the midst of cups stacked up and down in a flurry of speed, TTE stackers won 10 individual medals and 24 medals in the doubles events.