(New Orleans, La.) – With the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships (SSAC) a week away, multi-talented athlete Leah Banks represented the Loyola University New Orleans track and field team in the two-day Southern Alabama Invitational on Thursday morning.
Banks looked to close in on the 3,000 point range for the heptathlon, as the sophomore competed in the 100 meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put and the 200 meter dash at the opening day of the event hosted by the University of Southern Alabama.
Banks opened the day by besting her previous output in the 100 meter hurdles, crossing the line at 15.07 to take home second in her respective heat.
She followed that up by nearly tying the previous record in the high jump competition after turning in a leap of 1.49m.
In the shot put competition, Banks recorded a throw of 9.76m, coming up just shy of her personal-best throw of 9.88m earlier this season.
Banks finished sixth place overall in the 200m dash, coming across the finish line with a time of 26.14.
After day one, Banks has a total of 2,709 points to hold down the eighth spot narrowly inching out Erin Hines, who sits at ninth with 2,708 total points.
Banks will return to Mitchell Stadium to close out the heptathlon on Friday, April 14.