The Wolf Pack 4x100 relay team made history on Thursday as the quartet became the first Loyola outdoor relay team to ever compete in the national championship.
Representatives from the Loyola University New Orleans women's outdoor track & field team headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama on Thursday to participate in day one of the 2017 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
The Wolf Pack was one of four teams to represent New Orleans in this year's National Championships on Thursday afternoon as Southern University of New Orleans, Dillard University and Xavier University each made the trip up to Alabama from the Crescent City.
After becoming the first Loyola outdoor relay team ever to qualify for the national championship, the women's 4 x 100 meter relay squad headlined the action on Thursday afternoon. The team of Diamond Pearson, Meri Hebert (SO/Baton Rouge, La.), Tiera Henderson (SO/Baton Rouge, La.) and Leah Banks (SO/Fayetteville, Ga.) represented the Wolf Pack and notched a fourth place finish in their respective heat in 48.61 - a mere .5 seconds shy of breaking the program record.
Banks, who became just the second outdoor individual female track athlete to qualify for nationals in program history, competed in the first four events of the heptathlon, kicking things off with the 100 meter hurdles where she logged a personal best time of 15.1 to win her heat and finish the day in third overall in the event.
Banks currently sits at 14th on the list of heptathlon athletes with 2,641 points heading into tomorrow's action.
Loyola will wrap up the season tomorrow, May 26, when Banks competes in the long jump, javelin, and 800 meter race to determine her overall finish in the heptathlon event.