(New Orleans, La.) On Friday, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Loyola University New Orleans senior Sarah Tortorich was one of 313 women’s track and field student-athletes who have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
In order to be named to the team a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
A New Orleans native, Tortorich leaves Loyola as the school’s record holder in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay events during the outdoor season. She also holds the indoor school records in the 60m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m, and Distance Medley events. She was one of 11 Wolf Pack student-athletes to be honored on the SSAC All-Academic team following the 2013 track season.
Tortorich, a visual arts major, earned all-conference honors in the 100m, 200m, and 4x400 races as she finished in the top three of all of them at the conference meet. She finished in third place at the 100 and 200 meter distances. After tying her own school record in the preliminary round of the 100m with a 12.53 time. Tortorich then posted a 12.78 time in the finals to secure third. The New Orleans native continued the meet with a time of 25.95 in the 200 meter race. She then followed that by teaming with, Raquel Derganz-Baker, Harley Augustine, and Denise Powell to post a time of 4:11.06 in the 4x400 race which also merited a third place finish at the meet.
Tortorich was named SSAC Runner of the Week twice during the 2013 track season. She picked up the first award after the Louisiana Classics meet on March 15th and then followed that with a strong performance at the Southeastern Invitational on April 19th.