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Kyah Loyd never intended to be a runner, and definitely hadn’t planned on becoming a hurdler -- or doing anything in track and field for that matter.

The Byrd senior wanted to become a world class gymnast like her idols Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas.

“I started gymnastics when I was about 4 and I really liked flipping,” Loyd said. “I guess that kind of carried over into hurdles.”

Gymnastics’ loss has certainly been track’s gain since the Lady Jacket superstar sees the sun setting on her high school career as one of the most decorated runners in school history. She’ll take her talents south to Tulane next year.

“As a straight-A student she's a great example of the ideal student-athlete,” said Byrd track coach Juan Plaza. “She's come a long way to now be a four-time state champ with the outdoor state meet only 25 days away.”

Loyd, who currently has a 4.87 GPA and a 23 on the ACT, was a reluctant track participant, but was guided into the sport by her father, former Louisiana Tech defensive back Demise Loyd.

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