(Montgomery, Ala.) After winning back-to-back Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors to start the outdoor season, Loyola University New Orleans sophomore Leah Banks (SO/Fayetteville, Ga.) was named the this week’s SSAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.
Banks kept her historic sophomore campaign rolling last Friday with yet another standout performance, this time at the University of Mobile Invitational in Mobile, Alabama.
Competing in the 400 meter hurdles for the first time in her collegiate career, Banks’ 1:09.66 set a new school record and her time is currently the fastest in the SSAC this season. Banks also took third overall in 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.70.
Although this weekly conference award is solely based on running events, Leah was equally impressive in the field events at the Mobile Invitational on Friday. She jumped 5.79 meters in the long jump, which is a NAIA A Standard, a new program record, and the eighth best mark in the NAIA this season. Leah also grabbed fourth place in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.50 meters, which puts the sophomore at No. 2 in the SSAC.
Banks returns to the track on April 13-14 to compete in the South Alabama Invitational where she will participate as an individual in the heptathlon. Entering this weekend’s event, Leah’s 4520 total in March’s Falcon Classic still leads the SSAC and is the second best mark in the NAIA this year.
Previous Winners (Field, Track)
Week 1: Jonina Brinson (Mobile), Pam Byrd (William Carey)
Week 2: Leah Banks (Loyola), Jonina Brinson (Mobile)
Week 3: Leah Banks (Loyola), Ariel Jones (William Carey)