Leah Banks (SO/Fayetteville, Ga.) becomes the first All-American in program history after a seventh place finish in the heptathlon on Friday afternoon.
It has been a year to remember for the Loyola University New Orleans women's track & field team.
The team returned to Mickey and Miller Blackwell Stadium to conclude the 2017 season on Friday, May 26.
Sophomore Leah Banks represented Loyola and the women's squad by competing in the final three events of the heptathlon, which included the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter dash.
Keeping in tune with what has been a historic season for the Wolf Pack, Banks added one more piece of history to the record books by capturing seventh place overall in the heptathlon, good enough to achieve All-American Honors on the national stage.
The sophomore kicked off the day with a stellar performance in the long jump competition after turning in a second place finish with a leap of 5.55 meters in the event.
She followed up that performance with a toss of 27.79 meters in the javelin to stay within the top 10 heading into the final event of the day.
In the 800 meter race, Banks came across the finish line with a time of 2:26.08, notching a seventh place finish overall and securing her place on the podium.
Banks' 4,534 points is also a program record for most points scored in the heptathlon by an athlete for Loyola.
The All-American had this to say following her record-setting performance for the Wolf Pack:
"This has been great competition this season. I just want to make sure I stay on top of my game and stay focused and keep my mind on the prize. I'm looking to go for first place next year."