Norman's Chloe Byars – Character Counts Presented by Integris Norman Express Care


By John Tranchina

She has been an outstanding distance runner for her entire high school career, but when Norman track and field coach Scott Monnard changed up her events a bit this year, Chloe Byars didn’t even bother to ask why.

The senior just went ahead and ran middle distance and continued to contribute to her team’s success.

“The season has been really good,” said Byars, who 15th in the Class 6A state cross country meet in the fall, helping the Tigers win the state championship. “It’s been really different, because I usually run longer distance, and I’ve been mid-distance this season. It’s been a lot of fun trying something new out. I’m going with it and I think the results have been good. I think Coach Monnard must have known what he was doing.”

Among her positive results this year, Byars finished third in the 800 meters at both the Choctaw Invitational on Mar. 29 and the Kathy Scoville Memorial Track Meet at Edmond Deer Creek on April 9, both meets that the Tigers won.

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“She has been as consistent of a runner than any I have coached in my 20 years in Norman,” Monnard said of Byars. “She is so low-maintenance and has run whatever the coaches have asked of her over the years. Her legacy as a distance runner at NHS has been solidified.”

Byars’ willingness to perform in whatever event Monnard asks her to demonstrates her team-first attitude and development into a team leader.

“Being one of the only seniors and learning from past seniors, I definitely tried to be a leader, but it came with growing up, sort of, on the team,” Byars said. “I like being somebody that people look up to and if they have questions, I try to answer and I try to just be a good example.”

Her work ethic is just one more area in which Byars shows her leadership.

“Working hard is something that comes with the sport,” she said. “You’re not going to get the results you want if you don’t work hard, and definitely, I know that being a senior, if I work hard, it’ll be something that everyone else takes on, too.”