Caroline Standley (Archbishop Hannan Track and Field)

Caroline Standley with Mississippi State throws coach April Thomas.


One thing you can say about Archbishop Hannan senior Caroline Standley is that she's always busy.

As Standley is preparing to help her volleyball team play in the state tournament  Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center, she knows soccer season is not too far away either.

And oh, yeah, she's really good in track and field as well.

The defending Class 2A state champion in the javelin, Standley got the scholarship offer she was after this weekend from Mississippi State while on a visit to Starkville, Mississippi, to see the Bulldogs football team defeat Massachusetts 34-23.

She committed to the Bulldogs not long after.

“The visit is what sold me,” Standley said. “I’ll admit I didn’t know (throwing coach April Thomas) beforehand, but once I met her and got to see the campus and atmosphere, I just felt comfortable. I could see myself on that campus for the next four years. That made my decision easy. Mississippi State is everything I dreamed of when it came to where I wanted to go to college.

“The coaching staff said that they had done their homework on me and believed I can come in and really contribute to their program.”

Standley captured the 2017 LHSAA girls Class 2A javelin title earlier this spring with a record-setting throw of 134 feet, 8 inches.

“One of the best parts about committing now is that it removes a lot of stress and pressure,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about trying to find a college and I get to simply enjoy my senior year at Archbishop Hannan. It definitely makes things easier.”

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