Van Aken takes ODAC field athlete of the week award

Cutout image of Maddie Van Aken pole vaulting. Text: ODAC athlete of the week

Forest, Va. -- University of Lynchburg senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's women's indoor field athlete of the week honor after a tremendous performance at Roanoke's Bast-Cregger Invitational, the conference announced Monday afternoon.

Van Aken won Friday's pole vault at the season-opening meet, clearing the bar at 11-1¾, and followed that with Saturday seventh-place efforts in both the long jump (15 9½) and triple jump (33 4¾). Her vault was a new personal best and ran her up to third on Lynchburg's all-time indoor leaderboard.

It is the senior's first-career weekly honor from the ODAC.

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--LYN--

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