(Montgomery, Ala.) Following another dominating performance over the weekend, Loyola University New Orleans sophomore Leah Banks was selected as the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Banks continued her stellar sophomore campaign at last weekend’s Southern Miss Invitational with yet another banner performance. She claimed victory in the long jump with a leap of 5.64 meters, which was a personal best for Banks in the event and a new Loyola record. Her jump was a NAIA B standard and is currently the second longest in the SSAC season and the 11th best mark in the NAIA.
On the year, Banks is the top performer in the league for the heptathlon (4520 points) and ranks second in the conference in the long jump (5.64 meters), high jump (1.47meters), and 100 meter hurdles (15.19).
This is the second-straight athlete of the week honor for Banks, who earned the distinction last week after a record-setting performance at the Falcon Classic in Montevallo, Alabama.
Previous Winners (Field, Track)
Week 1: Jonina Brinson (Mobile), Pam Byrd (William Carey)
Week 2: Leah Banks (Loyola), Jonina Brinson (Mobile)