Ashley Wheeler, who figured as one of the top competitors in track her four years at Brusly High School, signed a scholarship with Nicholls State University.
Williams, who competed four years with the Lady Panthers, chose Nicholls over Southern, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University.
“I liked the environment there and felt like I belonged there,” she said. “It’s a very friendly envinroment.”
Wheeler won the 3A state championship in the triple jump at the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Indoor Track Meet.
“That was probably my proudest moment in high school track,” Wheeler said.
She took second place in the same event at the 2012 state outdoor meet.
The scholarship will pair her with two Port Allen rivals — Victoria Williams and Kyesha Thomas, who also signed this year with Nicholls.
“It’s going to be exciting,” she said. “We played against each other and there was a great rivalry, but now we’re teammates, so we have to stick together.”
Wheeler, Thomas and Williams all got their start under local track guru Eddie Payne.
She said she will miss the faculty and administration at Brusly High School.
“They were helpful when you needed help and even when you didn’t need it,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler plans to major in Nursing or Physical Therapy.