Louisville and Clayton State await pair of Greenbrier track stars

Kaitlin Lucius (left) and Kayla Tyson signed with Clayton State and Louisville, respectively. On hand were Lucius' mother Sherri Loomer and Tyson's parents Angie and Rodney.



With the start of track season slated to start on Saturday, Greenbrier sprinters Kayla Tyson and Kaitlin Lucius got one last hurdle out of the way.

At the school on Wednesday, Tyson and Lucius signed their letters of intent to attend Division I University of Louisville and Division II Clayton State University, respectively.

Tyson, who has six county titles and four region titles in the 100-meter and 200 events combined, looked at colleges across the country, but Louisville was the one that encouraged her to chase her academic dreams as well as her athletic ones.

“I want to study nursing and with all the other colleges they were kind of discouraging me from doing it because they were saying it’s a hard field and it would be kind of hard to do both,” Tyson said. “At Louisville, the coach sat down with me and told me the pathway I could take to do the track and the nursing.”

For a little while Tyson thought she would be headed to Georgia Southern, but after heading to Kentucky, that was it.

“When I went to Louisville they just blew me away with everything they had to offer so I knew that was my place to be,” Tyson said.

Lucius has been running since her freshman year, but it was her junior season when she took a step forward. In 2012, she finished second in the 100 and 200 in the county behind her lifelong friend Tyson as well as sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 at the Region 2-AAAA championships.

While she was a little nervous about the signing, it was also the end of the road to redemption.

“People always told me I wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Lucius, who will run the 100, 200 and 400 at Clayton State. “I’m signing early and it takes the pressure off...A lot of people would say that and I’d be like OK, I’ll just prove you wrong.”