Senior Wildberg Flies to Historic Jump As PHS Track Competes at Nationals
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Princeton High boys’ track star Nils Wildberg shows off the medal he earned for taking fifth place in the Championship Long Jump at the New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., last weekend. The Dartmouth-bound Wildberg jumped a huge personal best of 24’3.5, good for a school and Mercer County all-time record as he earned All-America status.
Heading south to compete in the New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., to wrap up its season, the Princeton High track team made some history.
PHS senior star sprinter and jumper Nils Wildberg leapt into the record book, flying to fifth place finish in the Championship Long Jump, earning All-America status. The Dartmouth-bound Wildberg jumped a huge personal best of 24’3.5, good for a school and Mercer County all-time record. Earlier in June, Wildberg had placed second in the long jump at the New Jersey Meet of Champions with a leap of 22’6.
The Tiger girls’ Sprint Medley Relay (1,00 meters run in segments of 200, 200, 400, and 800) of Colleen Linko, Raina Williamson, Kendall Williamson, and Siena Moran shattered the school record by nearly three seconds, running 4:08.42 to finish 16th. Later in the weekend, junior standout Linko achieved a year-long goal, breaking 57 seconds in the 400 meters. Linko anchored the girls’ Super Sprint Medley Relay (800 meters run in segments of 100, 100, 200, and 400) with a time of 56.65.
In individual events, senior standout Moran broke a 40-year-old school record for the mile, clocking a time of 5:07.77. Senior Jackson McCarthy ran 1:54.95 in the Championship 800, his second fastest time ever.
One other highlight of the weekend was the first ever Mixed 4×400 relay run by PHS, with two boys and two girls competing in the same race. Linko, McCarthy, Raina Williamson, and Matt Perello made up the relay, which finished in 16th place.