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Wisconsin Lutheran track and field senior beats mom's records, sets goals high

Posted at 6:29 PM, Mar 25, 2022

Some athletes choose their sports, and sometimes it's in their DNA.

"My brothers, my parents, they were all jumpers. It's really our family. I just love this sport so much," says Jaiah Hopf, Wisconsin Lutheran track and field senior.

For Hopf, it's the latter.

"My mom, for sure [got her into the sport]. She did triple jump in high school. She did it here actually. Her record is still up there," says Hopf.

The reigning long and triple jump WIAA Division 1 State Champion, Hopf has already broken her mother's record.

"My goal coming into freshman year, I told her I would beat her by my senior year. By one of our first outdoor meets, I jumped like two feet further than her record," says Hopf.

Although mom missed the jump, she did get to see the footage. But for now, mom's name still hangs as a reminder to keep pushing. That said, Hopf needs no help setting her goals high.

"This season is all about the records. I want the records. I have big goals for this season," she said.

If you're wondering just how far she wants to jump...

 "For triple jump, probably 41 and for long jump, a legal 20 foot," says Hopf.

These numbers are ones she will look to accomplish now, and then replicate in college as a member of the Depaul Track and Field team.

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