Niki Woods of Demarest, NJ's top javelin thrower, said on Monday that she has committed to the admissions process at Princeton University.
That means that Woods, who captured the Meet of Champions title in the javelin as a junior this past season, is now just one step away from receiving a likely letter from Princeton, which would pretty much guarantee that she will be accepted into the Ivy League school.
"Technically nothing is 100 percent official yet, but I did take the spot on the team and I am committed to the admissions process,'' Woods wrote in an email on Monday. "The acceptance is only 100 percent official once my letter comes back, but when the likely letter comes out it's pretty set in stone.''
According to Princeton University's website, "Likely letters will have the effect of letters of admission, in that as long as the applicant sustains the academic and personal record reflected in the completed application, the institution will send a formal admission offer on the appropriate notification date.''
Woods is coming off her greatest season ever, highlighted by her personal best and NJ#1/US#14 149-5 that she threw to win the Meet of Champions title in June at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield. She threw beyond 140 feet in four meets this season, including a 145-7 to place 10th at the Nike Nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Woods is thrilled with the prospect of becoming a student-athlete at Princeton University.
"I am so excited,'' said Woods, the sixth ranked underclassmen in the country in the javelin this past season. "I'm excited to be part of such a great athletic program while also being teammates with some of the brightest student athletes in the country. I'm also very happy to be in my home state and in the same division as my sister (Sydney, a rising junior pole vault star at UPenn). I was considering a lot of other schools, including the other Ivy's, as well as some schools in the ACC and Big 10. It was clear that Princeton was right for me in the end though!''