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BATON ROUGE -- Kyah Loyd put an exclamation point on her storied high school track career at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium Saturday night. Loyd won three events (100 hurdles, 100 meters, 200 meters), scoring 30 points to help C. E. Byrd girls to their first-ever state championship in track and field.

The Yellow Jackets scored  74 points to knock off three-time state champion Zachary by 19 points in the 5A girls division.

“What a special group of girls,” Byrd coach Juan Plaza said, “and what a special effort they gave tonight. I had expected us to score 70 points, but they scored 74. They have exceeded expectations all season.”

Things didn’t start the way that Plaza would have liked. A hiccup in the third exchange of the girls 800 meter relay led to a third-place finish for Byrd, who had come into the competition with the No. 2 seed.

That would would be about the only thing that didn’t go right for the Yellow Jackets.

Loyd won the 100 meter hurdles with little competition.

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“I was going after the record,” Loyd said.

She got it, tying the compostie 13.75 set by Kayla Blood of Buckeye in 2008.

Fifteen minutes later, she was adjusting her blocks in the 100 meters next to rival Janie O’Conner of Zachary.

Loyd came from behind to beat O’Conner running a 11.70 to O’Conner’s 11.71.

“She really pushed me,” Loyd said.

Between her fifth and sixth state championships, Loyd sat under a tent, hydrated, and focused her attention on what she would need to do to win the 100 meters.

In the 200 meters, Loyd led wire-to-wire winning in a time of 23.70. O’Conner challenged Loyd for the first half of the race before finishing third.

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