Leah Banks (SO/Fayetteville, Ga.) notches a fourth place finish in the long jump to earn a spot in this year's NAIA National Championship.
Day one of a two-day meet in Lafayette, LA proved to be an impressive outing for the Loyola Wolf Pack track & field team.
After six athletes notched Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships bids on Friday, the team hoped to add to that total on Saturday.
Led by Leah Banks' tremendous effort in the women's long jump, Loyola turned in several noteworthy performances across the board this weekend.
Taylor Hagins (SO/Washington D.C.) paced the Wolf Pack in the women's shot put and discus throw. The sophomore finished with throws of 10.16m in the shot put and 34.5m in the discus, earning 12th overall in both events.
Banks headlined the women's long jump competition, coming in fourth overall after notching a leap of 5.54m on Saturday.
With the fourth place finish, the multi-talented athlete earned a spot in the National Championships on May 25-27.
On the track, Banks also managed a 12th place finish in the 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line at 15.57.
In the 400m dash, freshman Tristin Sanders (FR/Henderson, Nevada) led the way for Loyola, crossing the line at 1:00.39 for a first place finish in her respective heat. Meri Herbert followed close behind with a finish of 1:01.08.
Tiera Henderson (SO/Baton Rouge, La.) and Diamond Pearson turned in steady performances in the 100m dash. Both finished with times of 13.08 and 13.23 respectively to finish inside of the top 30.
On the men's side, Jarrett Richard (FR/New Orleans, La.) placed inside of the top 20 in the 100m dash. The freshman notched a time of 11.34, good enough for 15th overall.
Brian Davis (SO/New Orleans, La.) crossed the line with a time of 2:03 in the men's 800m run, solidifying a 21st overall finish.
Davis also notched a 15th overall finish in the 1500m run, coming in with a time of 4:22.5.
Malcolm Pitchford (SO/Lombard, Ill.) took home ninth place in the men's 400m hurdles. Pitchford raced across the finish line with a time of 58.17.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on March 24 to compete in the Falcon Track Classic in Montevallo, Ala.