Mustangs cheer on college-bound seniors

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- It's a decision that Arianna Nixon didn't want to be forced to make. Now the Monticello High School senior won't have to.

Nixon has spent the past few seasons playing goalkeeper for both the field hockey and lacrosse teams at Monticello. Eastern Mennonite University is giving her the opportunity to continue both careers in college.

"That was something I was really concerned about. Because I just love them both," Nixon said. "And to be able to go in and have both is something that, it's incredible."

Nixon was one of four Monticello seniors who were celebrated with a signing ceremony on Thursday afternoon. She was sitting next to wrestler Jackson Perry, who won 111 matches in his career with the Mustangs. He's been offered a walk-on spot with the wrestling team at the US Naval Academy.

"It wasn't something that I could say I always wanted to do," Perry said. "I didn't realize that I wanted to go until last year. And then the day I found out that I was going to get to go was probably one of the best days of my life."

"I've heard it's going to be pretty tough, but I'm pretty excited to go through it."

Tianna Kinlaw has reached the VHSL Class 3 state track meet twice in her Monticello career -- in the high jump as a sophomore in 2017, and the 4x100m relay last year. Those experiences have pushed Kinlaw throughout her high school track career -- and next year, that career will continue at Lynchburg.

"After I made it to states and just kept going, and just like decreasing my times and moving up the jumps, it just pushed me to do a lot better," Kinlaw said. "Know that I could do it."

For Cardale Emmery, choosing Methodist University in North Carolina was about his love of chemistry. The chance to continue his football career just makes it even better.

"New opportunities. Because originally I never thought I was going to go to college to play football. I'm going to put my education first, obviously, and they really have good chemistry programs," Emmery said. "I never thought I could have both. And that's what they have."

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