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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Competing in track wasn't always on Jeremiah Green's mind.

"My intention was to do track to get ready for football," said the Hillsborough High School junior. "I fell in love with it."

It's hard to believe he's only been jumping for a few years, but in that time, this Hillsborough High junior has soared.

"He's the number one jumper in the nation right now in the triple jump," said his head coach, Joe Sipp.

Green is the only high schooler in the nation to fly past the coveted 50-foot mark in competition, and he even topped that in practice last week.

So, how far is 50 feet? Well, it's longer than a school bus and over six times Jeremiah's body length. It's an incredible distance by any measurement, unless you ask him. He says he can go even further.

His goal is the 2016 Olympics, but just to qualify, you need to jump 55 feet. Until then, he's off to Alabama as the first one in his family to go to college.

"Roll Tide, Roll," he said with a grin.