True track and field fans, and of course family members, of those that participate know the dedication that an athlete must bring to each competition and event during the season. For the family of Jedaki Hill, a senior triple jumper from Chaparral High School’s track and field team, they couldn’t be prouder of his most recent accomplishments.
At their meet against Murrieta Valley earlier this month, Jedaki broke Chaparral’s long standing triple jump record, which was 45’1″, bringing it to 45’10″.
“The work ethic that Jedaki has is textbook of what happens when you put your mind to competing to be the best at what you do,” said head track and field coach Martin Dinsenbacher, who went on to say, “He literally added over three feet to the end of his jumps, from the beginning of the season to now, and that is a true testament to what hard work will do for you. He earned that record, most certainly.”
Hill moved to the Temecula area in 2005 where he has been raised by mother Elisha, alongside sister Jenesis, who is also on the Pumas track and field team.
“Jedaki has always been a very kind, energetic, and humble person,” said Elisha. “At the time in life where most kids are trying to find themselves, Jedaki has confidently identified himself as a person who stands up for what is right, is loyal, and believes in doing what is right even if it is the hard thing to do.”
Jedaki began running track in Oceanside for the North County Stallions track team where he was a sprinter. When moving up to Temecula he stopped and began pursuing basketball at the encouragement of others because of his height. While basketball may have seemed like the natural gravitation for someone of his stature, it never quite seemed to fit his independent free spirit and he began running again for Chaparral’s track team.
He eventually took an interest in jumps and since then has found a sport he felt he could truly immerse himself in.
Standing at about 6’4″ Jedaki is not only a member of the Pumas track and field team, but is also an outstanding student. His current GPA is 4.0. He enjoys history the most and excels at math.
“My family has supported me through thick and thin when it comes to sports and academics. I set many goals that they held me to and now that I have recently reached and accomplished one of my goals this year, which was to get the Chaparral High School triple jump record, I’m excited to see what I can do as the remainder of the year comes into play,” said Jedaki.
While Jedaki is now a record-setting triple jumper for Chaparral High School, occasionally you can find him high jumping or long jumping as well. Jedaki’s goals after high school are to go abroad for a short spell, starting with family he has in the Netherlands and eventually traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.