Geneva graduate, Mount Union Aveni holds DIII's top indoor pole vault mark

Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio
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Feb. 22—Bri Aveni has set a high mark in the pole vault competition ... literally and figuratively.

The University of Mount Union junior and Geneva graduate went over the bar at 12-feet, 0-inches as the Purple Raiders defeated Otterbein, Marietta and Muskingum Saturday at Peterson Fieldhouse.

The mark tops the nation for Division III competitors.

"Having the No. 1 position in the nation is huge to me because I've been working really hard this season and my hard work is finally beginning to play off," said Aveni, a junior. "Clearing 12 is also an accomplishment for me because even though, it isn't a new PR [personal record] I'm finally clearing heights that I've been working to clear since last season."

With the mark, Aveni claimed the Ohio Athletic Conferencee Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, which was released on Monday.

It was the fourth time in her Aveni's career she has won the award.

She won the pole vault with a mark of 11-feet, 2.25-inches at the Jim Wuske Invite in Alliance in early February to post OAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Mount Union is scheduled to host Baldwin Wallace and John Carroll on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Peterson Fieldhouse.

The OAC Championships is slated for March 5 in Westerville.

The Division III Indoor National Championship scheduled for March 12 and 13 at Spire have already been cancelled.

Despite holding the top pole-vault mark currently, Aveni isn't resting on her laurels.

"Although this position is important to me, I am not satisfied with it and I'm going to continue to work to keep that position," she said.

Mount Union's outdoor season is supposed to start March 20 in Marietta.

In the 2019-20 indoor season, Aveni placed second in the pole vault at the OAC Championships and set an indoor record with a mark of 12-5.5 at the Youngstown State University Invitational.

During the 2018-2019 outside season, she earned all-american honors with seventh place (12-7.5) in pole vault at NCAA Outdoor Championships at Spire.

The 2020 outdoor season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.