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Athletes gather in Florida for cup stacking competition

Stackers battled it out during the first in-person event since the start of the pandemic.
Peter Ford of Rhode Island, who holds the state's overall record, downstacks a 1-10-1 during the "Stack Out" competition at Sunshine State Sport Stacking Tournament at Berea Baptist Church on June 12 in Palm Harbor.
Peter Ford of Rhode Island, who holds the state's overall record, downstacks a 1-10-1 during the "Stack Out" competition at Sunshine State Sport Stacking Tournament at Berea Baptist Church on June 12 in Palm Harbor. [ MENGSHIN LIN | Times ]
Published Jul. 12

Dozens of competitors from 10 states met at Berea Baptist Church in Palm Harbor on June 12 for the Sunshine State Sport Stacking Tournament. It was the second in-person competition in the United States in over a year according to organizers.

“It’s really a breath of fresh air being able to come back,” said Javier Reyes, who currently ranks number 4 in Florida with a time of 9.357 seconds. “The tournament is all about getting the connections and forming great relationships with everybody.”

Sport stackers compete in three individual events: 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and cycle and also doubles and relays — all as precise as 0.001 seconds.

For Jordan Neuman, a member of Team USA, sport stacking is a supportive community and participating in tournaments with others is like being with family.

The next sport stacking tournament will be the 2021 AAU Junior Olympic Sport Stacking Championships, in Houston, Texas, this August.

Devin Meadows, 11, left, and Brooke Warder, 9, practice doubles before the preliminaries.
Devin Meadows, 11, left, and Brooke Warder, 9, practice doubles before the preliminaries.
Isai Palacios, 12, of Bradenton warms up.
Isai Palacios, 12, of Bradenton warms up.
Jordan Neuman of Plantation stacks a cycle during "Stack Out," an event for stackers with the fastest cycle records, during the preliminary round.
Jordan Neuman of Plantation stacks a cycle during "Stack Out," an event for stackers with the fastest cycle records, during the preliminary round.
Peter Ford fumbles and gets a scratch time in his 3-3-3 finals.
Peter Ford fumbles and gets a scratch time in his 3-3-3 finals. [ MENGSHIN LIN | Times ]
Stackers celebrate after Evan Cloud of Texas breaks that state's overall record with a time of 5.327 seconds during the finals.
Stackers celebrate after Evan Cloud of Texas breaks that state's overall record with a time of 5.327 seconds during the finals.
Evan Cloud, Texas' overall record holder, right, celebrates with Jordan Gago, after Cloud set a new state record and fastest overall cycle time.
Evan Cloud, Texas' overall record holder, right, celebrates with Jordan Gago, after Cloud set a new state record and fastest overall cycle time. [ MENGSHIN LIN | Times ]
Jayla Brothers, 11, of North Carolina warms up before her preliminaries.
Jayla Brothers, 11, of North Carolina warms up before her preliminaries.
Jayla Brothers celebrates after beating her finals cycle record with a time of 7.345 seconds and wins the overall female title for the tournament.
Jayla Brothers celebrates after beating her finals cycle record with a time of 7.345 seconds and wins the overall female title for the tournament.
Jordan Gago of Port Orange reacts after the cups slide out of the mat, earning a scratch time for his 3-3-3 finals.
Jordan Gago of Port Orange reacts after the cups slide out of the mat, earning a scratch time for his 3-3-3 finals.
Trey Griffith, left, fist bumps with his father, Jimmy Griffith, before their child-parent doubles finals.
Trey Griffith, left, fist bumps with his father, Jimmy Griffith, before their child-parent doubles finals.
Trophies lined up for the Sunshine State Sport Stacking Tournament.
Trophies lined up for the Sunshine State Sport Stacking Tournament.