Loyola Track & field competes in University of Mobile Invitational

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(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University track & field team traveled to Mobile, Ala, on Friday, April 7 to continue what has been a memorable season for the Maroon & Gold.

As has been the theme for much of the season, the Wolf Pack garnered several top 10 finishes, including a number of bids into the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships.

Diamond Pearson and Leah Banks were the frontrunners for Loyola in the women’s long jump. Pearson completed a leap of 4.83m, good enough to qualify for the SSAC Championships in just her first appearance in the event this season.

Banks would add to the record books once again for the Wolf Pack, after finishing with a leap of 5.79m.

The leap not only toppled the previous record of 5.6m but it came just shy of the No. 1 spot, which was claimed by defending champion Jonina Brinson of Mobile, Ala.

Banks managed yet another record in the women’s high jump, turning in a leap of 1.50m and a fourth place overall finish.

Meghan Temple turned in a top-five finish in the women’s discus with a throw of 42.51m. The throw was good enough for fourth place overall, and a program record in the event. Temple also managed to qualify for the B standard for the national competition on May 25-27.

Taylor Hagins finished just outside of the top-five coming in at sixth overall with a throw of 34.64m.

Hagins also takes the No. 2 spot in the SSAC, with Temple sitting at first in the conference in the discus event after Friday’s meet.

On the track, both Tiera Henderson and Diamond Pearson turned in season-best in the 100m dash. The athletes crossed the finish line with times of 12.58 and 12.87, respectively in the race.

Banks rounded out another successful meet on the women’s side, after coming across the line at 15.70 to gain a third place finish in the 100m hurdles.

On the men’s side, Jarrett Richard highlighted the effort in the 100m dash. The freshman improved on his ninth place finish last weekend coming in eighth overall with a time of 10.92.

Melvin Bergeron sealed his place in the conference championships in the 400m dash. The sophomore finished with personal-best time of 51.78 to take home 13th overall.

Teammate Earl Coats followed close behind with a 17th overall finish, crossing the line at 52.41.

Brian Davis rounded out the effort for the men’s squad after rounding out a top-five finish in the men’s 800m run.

Davis collected a personal-best 2:00.47 in the race to take home fifth place overall. Davis followed that up with a fourth place overall finish in the 1500m race, coming across the line at 4:17.49.
The team will have two weeks off before heading back to Mobile, Ala. to compete in the SSAC Championships on April 21-22.

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