Forty Sampson Elementary School students represented Cy-FairISD and claimed 13 gold medals at the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Sport Stacking Championship, held recently at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The international event marked the first time sport stacking was included as part of the AAU Junior Olympics. All participants were invited to participate in the event by the World Sport Stacking Association based on their performance in previous sanctioned sport stacking tournaments.
Collectively, the Sampson Stallions sport stacking team amassed 85 top-10 finishes, 47 top-five finishes, and 34 top-three finishes at the Junior Olympics. The team also set numerous state and national records, including one divisional world record.
In the 10U Division, Collin Bass, Chloe Ewing, Danica Gubic and Brian Janger (Sampson 2 Fast 4 U) won a gold medal and set a Divisional 10U World Record in the timed 3-6-3 relay with a time of 17.46, breaking the previous record of 18.27 held by Team Ireland. The time also marked the United States and Texas state record in this event. Another relay team from Sampson, including Adele Gammill, Rachel Martin, Colby Sacky and Dawson McDaniel (Sampson Grizzlies), earned a bronze medal in the same event.
In the 12U Division, Colby Brennan, Carter Gibson, Garrett Martin, Alejandro Montoya and Blake Weldon (Sampson Sharks) won a bronze medal and set a Texas state record in the timed 3-6-3 relay with a time of 20.13.
In the 8U Division, Evan Bass, Hayden Del Toro, Shane Laird and Eli Poff (Sampson All Stars) placed fourth and set a Texas state record in the timed 3-6-3 relay with a time of 26.65.
In the 6U Division, Parker Christ, George Girard, Megan Janger and Noah McDaniel (Sampson Sneaky Stackers) won a gold medal and set a Texas state record in the timed 3-6-3 relay with a time of 33.63.
In the 10U Parent/Child Doubles competition, Brian Janger and his mom, Kristin Janger, won a gold medal and set a Texas state record of 12.09. Janger was also selected as a new member of TEAM USA Sport Stacking, recognizing him as one of the world’s fastest stackers in his age division.
In addition to winning five medals in the timed relay competitions, various relay teams from Sampson Elementary collectively earned three gold, two silver, and five bronze medals in the head-to-head relay competitions at the tournament.
“I have watched our team grow and become fierce competitors in this very different sport. I am so proud of what they have accomplished,” says Sampson teacher and sport stacking sponsor Charlotte French. “They proved to not only be some of the fastest stackers in the world, but also showed grace and sportsmanship when greeted with tough competitors. They definitely represented Sampson and Cy-Fair well at the first AAU Jr. Olympics Sport Stacking event.”