(New Orleans, La.) – With only six events on the schedule for the Wolf Pack in day one, the Loyola University track & field team returned to the Montevallo Track Facility on Saturday for day two with a full slate of events in front of them.
Due to inclement weather, several events were cancelled but not before the multi-talented Leah Banks turned in a record-setting performance for Loyola that would solidify a first-place finish on the day in the heptathlon.
Fueled by Banks’ effort on the track, other members of the Wolf Pack followed suit as the team notched several personal bests and noteworthy finishes in their respective events.
Banks kicked things off for the maroon and gold with a first place finish in the women’s long jump competition. The sophomore notched a jump of 5.61m, surpassing her previous jump of 5.45m.
She also managed a fourth place finish in the javelin for her toss of 28.16m. For her combined performances in day one and two, Banks ended the day in first place overall in the heptathlon with 4,520 points to defeat the defending Peach Belt Conference Champion in the event. Banks’ 4,520 total points in the heptathlon set yet another program record for the sophomore.
In the women’s 400m dash, Meri Hebert recorded a season-best 59.67 for 8th overall.
Yesenia Davis took home a 3rd place finish in the 100m hurdles. The time of 15.55 was a personal best for the sophomore.
The women’s 4X100m relay team also tallied a season-best. The team of Diamond Pearson, Meri Hebert, Tiera Henderson and Leah Banks crossed the finish line with a time of 49.67 to take home fourth place overall.
On the men’s side, sophomore Malcolm Pitchford finished fifth overall in the 400m hurdles, coming across the line at 57.57.
Freshman Jarrett Richard managed a top 15 finish in the 100m dash. Richard ran 11.2, which was the eighth personal-best recorded by the Wolf Pack on Saturday afternoon.
The team will return to action on April 1 to compete in the Southern Miss. Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss.