Loyola Track & field turns in season-best performance at Southern Miss invitational

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(New Orleans, La.) – After the women throwers held down the fort for the Loyola University Wolf Pack track & field team on Friday in day one of the Southern Miss Invitational, the team returned in full strength on Saturday to close out this weekend’s competition on a high note.

For the second consecutive week, Loyola saw steady improvement from each of its athletes across the board, including Leah Banks toppling yet another program record in the women’s long jump.

The women’s 100m dash was the first highlight of the day for Loyola. Athletes Tiera Henderson and Diamond Pearson finish 12th and 13th, respectively. Henderson notched a finish of 12.96 and Pearson finished a mere .02 seconds behind at 12.98 for a PR in the event.

Henderson also led the way in the 200m dash as the sophomore crossed the line in 25.77 to take home 12th place overall.

Meri Hebert finished the 400m dash with a time of 59.33, landing a 13th overall finish in the race.

Teammate Tristin Sanders rounded out the top 15 with a 1:00.80 in the event.

Headlining the women’s long jump was Leah Banks for the Wolf Pack.

Banks completed a leap of 5.64m, good enough for a first place finish overall. The jump was not only a the best of the day but it toppled the previous record in the event.

Wolf Pack women’s basketball forward Meghan Temple made her debut on the track for Loyola in the women’s discus throw.

The senior recorded a throw of 39.19mm to finish seventh place overall and just outside of the top five.

On the men’s side, freshman Jarrett Richard highlighted the 100m dash.

Richard crossed the line with a PR of 10.89, managing a ninth place finish overall.

Richard’s sprint was the second fastest time in the Southern States Athletic Conference this season.

Senior Christian Lynch crossed the line at 11.09 to come in at 15th overall on the day in the 100 meters.

Richard also led the effort in the men’s 200m dash with a personal-best finish of 21.95. The finish was good enough to take home 13th overall.

Earl Coats racked up a personal-best of his own in the men’s 400m dash. Coats managed a 52.03 finish in the race.

In the 800m race, Brian Davis notched a time of 2:01.988 to add to the list of personal-best.

The sophomore completed the day at 15th overall in his respective event.

The Wolf Pack will return to action on April 7 when they travel to Mobile, Ala. to compete in the University of Mobile Invitational.

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