Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones bound for Nebraska, Slidell’s Bretney Carroll going to McNeese State; Karr group make their college choices known _lowres

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO -- Mandeville's Chelsey Jones wins the 800-meter run at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic in New Orleans.

Two of the top girls track runners on the north shore signed college scholarships Wednesday morning.

Mandeville’s Chelsey Jones signed with Nebraska, and Bretney Carroll of Slidell signed with McNeese State.

A member of the cross country state championship team and the indoor track state runners-up, Jones has helped lead Mandeville to one of its most successful years in track.

Jones finished ninth at the state cross country meet, a three-mile race. At indoors, she won the 800 meters and was also a member of the first-place 4x800-meter relay team.

In the AllState Sugar Bowl Prep Classic outdoor meet, Jones finished second in the 800 meters and helped the Skippers win the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays, the latter of which was run in 9 minutes, 26.88 seconds.

Jones is the third member of the MHS 4x800 relay squad to sign with a Division I-A school. Olivia Murphy signed with Southern Illinois and Claire Crosby signed with Kentucky.

“What I liked about Nebraska were the people,” Jones said. “The coaches are fantastic, and they are also a great broadcasting school, which is what I plan to major in. The only thing I have to worry about is the cold weather, but I think I will get use to it.”

Meanwhile, Carroll is headed to Lake Charles to run the hurdles for the Cowgirls.

“Around the start of my sophomore year, I finally discovered that the hurdles were my event,” she said. “I worked extremely hard on it, and now I’m trying to perfect my craft.

“When I visited McNeese State, it just felt like home and that is the best emotion to have when you are that far from home. Three hours away from home is OK. I’m excited for what the future holds.”

4 Karr girls sign scholarships

All four seniors on the Edna Karr girls basketball team will be continuing their careers in college.

Paige Williams (Nicholls State), Imani Mulmore (West Florida), Zharian Maxmillian (Centenary) and Diamond Emery (Louisiana College) all made their college choices official Wednesday.

“I knew I waned to go to Nicholls the minute I stepped on campus,” Williams said. “It just felt right. I had a gut feeling, and I just always follow my gut. It immediately felt like family, and I am a big believer in family.”

And Thursday felt a bit like family for the Karr seniors, who helped lead the Cougars to the Top 28 tournament. They lost to eventual champion Ursuline Academy in the semifinals.

“It was more than just basketball with this group,” Karr coach Jessica Barber said. “They were just good kids. You didn’t have to worry about them having grades to get eligible. They always did whatever I asked them to do. I couldn’t be more proud of these four.”

Ursuline’s McKay signs

Brianna McKay of Ursuline signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Texas Southern.

McKay helped lead the Lions to the playoffs every year she played. The Lions won a state title in 2012. Among her many accolades, McKay was an all-district, all-metro and all-state selection as a senior.

David Folse and Rod Walker contributed to this report