Women second, Wolf Pack men finish fourth at SSAC Championships

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(New Orleans, La.) – The Loyola University Wolf Pack track & field embarked on Mitchell Stadium for the final time of the 2017 season for day two of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships.

Head Coach Nick Dodson and the Wolf Pack was set to put all of their hard work and talent on the line in hopes of seizing the coveted conference title on Saturday.

The women’s team tallied 177 total points and notched several first place finishes across the board to finish second at the championship behind Brenau University who won the title for the fifth-straight season.

The men’s squad managed a fourth place finish in the final meet of the season.

After completing day one with a first place finish in the women’s shot put, Taylor Hagins picked up right where she left off in the hammer throw. Hagins completed a throw of 32.87 meters to take home second place overall in the event. Teammate Tiera Melancon followed close behind with a third place finish after recording a throw of 29.47 meters.

The Wolf Pack dominated the discus throw as Loyola held down the top three spots in the event. Senior Meghan Temple led the effort in first place, after recording a throw of 38.96 meters. She was joined on the podium by Hagins, who completed a throw of 34.54 meters. Rounding out the sweep was Anna Hugel, who managed a throw of 32.07 meters.

Leah Banks led the way in the women’s long jump, notching a second place finish with a jump of 5.52 meters.

On the track, the 4×100 meter relay team of Diamond Pearson, Meri Hebert, Tiera Henderson and Leah Banks finished in second place overall while making history in the process.

The team crossed the finish line at 48.14 to earn a spot in May’s NAIA National Championship.

A one time SSAC Female Track Athlete of the Week winner this year, Banks took home the gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:06.41.

On the men’s side, Brian Davis secured a top-three finish in the 1500 meter race with a time of 4:11.95.

Jarrett Richard continued his steady improvement in the 100 meter dash by notching a third place finish in the race. The freshman crossed the line at 10.79, earning a bronze medal for his performance.

Malcolm Pitchford solidified a second place finish in the 400 meter hurdles, recording a time of 57.16 in the event.

Even with the a successful season in the books for Loyola, several members of the team will travel to Gulf Shores, Ala. to compete in the NAIA National Championships on May 25-27.

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