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Celia Agee
Celia Agee finished fourth in the pole vault at the Carmel City Invite during the indoor season last season.
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App State Garners Ten Track and Field Athletes to Academic All-District Teams

Ten Mountaineers were named to the 2024 Academic All-District Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Team, selected by College Sports Communicators on Tuesday.

Graduate student Celia Agee, senior Jasmine Donohue, graduate student Alexia Moehling, and sophomores Addison Ollendick-Smith and Ava Studney earned spots on the Academic All-District women’s team, while junior Matthew Bigelow, graduate student Patrick Freeman, and seniors Calbert Guest, Niejel Wilkins, and Oliver Wilson-Cook landed on the Academic All-District men’s team. This marks the second consecutive CSC Academic All-District honor for Agee, Donohue, Guest, and Wilson-Cook.

While earning a Master of Arts in Literacy Education, Agee recorded an outdoor personal best of 3.72m (12′ 2.5″) to place seventh in the women’s pole vault at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Her mark ties her for eighth with Audrey Diener’s 2013 mark in the App State all-time list. She also posted a first-place finish at the Duke Invitational with a clearance of 3.70m (12′ 1.5″). During the indoor season, Agee tallied four top-five finishes in the women’s pole vault and was named a Dr. Pepper scholarship recipient.

Donohue, who is a nursing major, collected Second-Team All-SBC honors at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships and Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships. She placed eighth at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships with a 5K personal best of 17:36.9 and went on to represent App State at the NCAA Southeast Regional, where she clocked a personal best 6K time of 21:37.1. Donohue helped the Mountaineers to a second-place finish in the women’s distance medley relay with a time of 11:47.73 at the SBC Indoor Track & Field Championships. She was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that placed fourth with a time of 3:46.69 and posted a personal best of 9:41.47 in the 3,000 meters, which moved her to third in the App State all-time list. Additionally, the Charlotte, N.C. native moved to second in the program all-time list for the women’s 1,000 meters (2:58.30) and eighth in the women’s mile (4:58.50). During the outdoor season, she set a trio of personal bests with a time of 4:54.55 in the women’s mile, a time of 2:13.84 in the women’s 800 meters, and a time of 4:28.99 in the women’s 1,500 meters. She also set the Randy Marion Track & Field facility record in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:14.40.

While working on a Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics, Moehling tallied five first-place finishes and 10 top-five finishes during the indoor and outdoor season. The Perrysburg, Ohio native holds the Randy Marion Track & Field Facility record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles (13.95) and women’s 400-meter hurdles (1:02.80). She also stands fourth in the program all-time list with a personal best of 13.88 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal best of 1:02.34. During the indoor season, Moehling moved to fourth in the App State all-time list in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal best of 8.65.

Ollendick-Smith, who is studying electronic media and broadcasting with a minor in film studies, earned Second-Team All-SBC honors after placing second with a time of 2:09.48 in the women’s 800 meters at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. She remains the school record holder in the women’s indoor 600 meters (1:37.9) and moved to third in the women’s outdoor 800 meters with a personal best of 2:08.97, and fifth in the women’s indoor 800 meters with a time of 2:12.82. During the outdoor season, Ollendick-Smith posted personal bests of 56.81 in the women’s 400 meters and 4:49.87 in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational this season. On the cross country course, Ollendick-Smith clocked a 5K personal best of 21:12.2.

Studney, who is studying exercise science, broke the school record in the women’s outdoor pole vault with a clearance of 4.04m (13′ 3″) and matched the school record in the women’s indoor pole vault with a clearance of 4.06m (13′ 3.75″) this season. The Waxhaw, N.C. native tallied 10 top-five finishes, including five first-place finishes, across the indoor and outdoor season. She also place fourth in the pole vault at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships with a clearance of 3.88m (12′ 8.75″) and represented the Black and Gold at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, finishing 37th with a clearance of 3.80m (12′ 5.5″) in the women’s pole vault. Studney also ranked 92nd in the NCAA overall in the indoor pole vault.

Bigelow, who is majoring in advertising with a minor in general business, recorded a personal best clearance of 5.02m (16′ 5.5″) to place sixth in the men’s pole vault at the Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Bigelow’s mark moved him to sixth in the App State all-time list for the event. He also recorded a trio of top-five finishes over the course of the outdoor season, including a first-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Open.

While working towards a Master of Geography degree, Freeman posted a personal best of 5.05m (16′ 6.75″) in the men’s pole vault at the Duke Invitational this spring, which moved him to fifth in the App State all-time list. He also recorded a second-place finish in the men’s pole vault at the App State Open with a clearance of 4.99m (16′ 4.5″). Over the course of the outdoor season, Freeman notched five top-10 finishes in the men’s pole vault.

Pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in business analytics, Guest garnered First-Team All-SBC honors after finishing third with an 8K time of 24:46.3 at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships. He also helped the Mountaineers to their first cross country team title since 2019. Guest went on to clock a 10K personal best of 30:18.6 to round out the top-50 at the NCAA Southeast Regional. He also posted an 8K personal best of 24:28.8 at the Fire Tower Project Run.

While studying public health, Wilkins posted a personal best leap of 15.83m (51′ 11.25″) to place first in the men’s triple jump at the App State Open. His leap set a new Randy Marion Track & Field Facility record and tied him with Joel Gaddy’s 2008 mark in the program all-time list. He also collected Third-Team All-SBC honors in the men’s triple jump for a second consecutive year after recording a leap of 15.55m (51′ 0.25″) at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Wilkins represented the Black and Gold for a second consecutive year at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where he landed 33rd with a leap of 15.22m (49′ 11.25″). He finished the season ranked 25th overall in the men’s triple jump in the NCAA. Wilkins also clocked a personal best of 11.03 in the men’s 100 meters and tallied six top-five finishes during the outdoor season.

While pursuing a Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in public health nutrition, Wilson-Cook collected First-Team All-SBC honors after finishing second at the championship meet with an 8K time of 24:40.4. Wilson-Cook, who was a three-time SBC Runner of the Week selection during the cross country season, helped the Mountaineers to the men’s team title and later went on to clock a 10K personal best of 30:11.6 to place 43rd at the NCAA Southeast Regional. He also stopped the clock at 24:22.9 for an 8K personal best at the Live In Lou Cross Country Classic. The Staunton, Va. native garnered Second-Team All-SBC honors for a second-place finish in the men’s 10,000 meters (30:59.54) at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Additionally, Wilson-Cook clocked a personal best of 4:24.47 in the men’s mile at the App State Open and posted a season best of 14:35.97 in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Duke Invitational.

To be nominated for CSC Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA at their current institution and rank in the top-50 in the region for their individual event at the time of nomination. Select Academic All-District honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot. Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America honorees will be announced on Tuesday, July 9 while the Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America honorees will be announced on Wednesday, July 10.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}