Celia Agee started training as a pole vaulter while she was in seventh grade at Louisa County Middle School.
Five years later, the senior track and field standout has no plans to stop after signing her National Letter of Intent to compete in the pole vault at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
“I am so excited to attend Appalachian State and even more excited to continue vaulting,” Agee said. “I know that I would not have been able to get this far without help from coaches, family and friends. This is just the beginning of a long college career of hard work and dedication.”
Agee started working out with position coach Tom Black while in middle school and the work has been impressive. She re-wrote the record books in middle school and the success has carried over to the Lions’ high school program.
Last year, she cleared 11 feet, 6 inches to finish second in the Class 4 state indoor track and field championships in Lynchburg. Six months later, she capped off a terrific junior campaign by clearing 12 feet to earn runner-up honors at the VHSL Class 4 outdoor track and field championships in Harrisonburg.
Agee’s prowess in the pole vault garnered her interest from several programs, including East Carolina and Virginia. Agee weighed all the offers and eventually found a home in scenic Boone.
“Appalachian State was the best fit for me because I felt at home there,” she said. “The team is super nice and I love the coach. I also love the mountains that surround the school.”
Agee plans to major in elementary education and hopes to become a teacher.
On the track, she is excited about her senior season at Louisa County. Her goals include qualifying for the New Balance Nationals’ indoor and outdoor competitions.
“My goals consist of having fun, making memories and jumping high,” Agee said.
As for the next level, Agee couldn’t be happier with her decision.
“It feels incredible for everything to be official,” she said. “I’m extremely thankful to sign with the school of my dreams. I’m just so excited to begin this next chapter of my life.”