Newcastle men annihilate Frisbee-catching world record

October 27, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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Scott Perkins, 24, tosses to Casey Dunn, 24 (both of Newcastle) as they break the world record for behind-the-back Frisbee catches Oct. 2 in their backyard. The duo set a new mark of 29. By Tim Pfarr

Scott Perkins and Casey Dunn will soon go down in history.

On Oct. 3, the men, both 24, broke the world record for most behind-the-back Frisbee catches in one minute from at least five meters apart. The previous record was two; the duo completed 29 behind-the-back catches.

Friends, family members and Newcastle Mayor Ben Varon were on hand to witness the event. Robert Perkins (Scott Perkin’s father) and Russel Cowgill (Dunn’s and Perkins’ roommate) served as official timers, and Varon served as the official counter.

“It’s an honor to be asked to be here,” Varon said.

The duo broke the record in their back yard, standing behind two spray-painted lines on the grass. After less than a minute of warming up, Perkins and Dunn went straight for the record. One of the timers counted to three, and the feat was under way.

Of their 32 attempts, two passes were dropped and one was not caught behind the back. This effort was more than enough to shatter the previous record, but Perkins laughed when he discovered they had gotten so close to 30 successful catches without reaching it. Their record while practicing had been 33.

“It would’ve been nice to get 30,” Perkins said. “We just dropped a couple, but that’s OK.”

In the end, both Perkins and Dunn were satisfied with their performance.

“It was nice to have a good crowd out here today,” Dunn said.

Sixteen witnesses attended.

After many congratulatory hugs and a loud round of applause, attendees called for a toast and a speech from the new record-holders. Dunn responded by saying he was just glad it wasn’t windy, and Scott Perkins said, “We do our talking with a disc.”

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