NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior Kayhan Durmus would have been on the New Providence track and field team for his fourth year. He was a sprinter and hurdler. 

In the 2019 outdoor season, the New Providence Boys Track and Field team was crowned NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 sectional champion for the third year in a row. Durmus was part of the 4 X 100 Relay Team with William Gao, Brandon Ng, and James Prill that placed fourth at the sectional championship with a time of 46.08 and advanced to the Group Championships.  The relay team also qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays. 

Being part of that relay team in both the Sectionals and Penn Relays with his best friend was Durmus' favorite high school memory.  

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"In his four years running track, Kai has grown to be a talented sprinter and a leader of the team," said New Providence Track and Field coach Alexander Meyer. "For the first three years, he was overshadowed by the large and talented class ahead of him, but it was clear that he was quietly putting in the work, awaiting his chance to step up.  At the end of his junior year, Kai found his way into varsity by way of his willingness to learn the hurdles and race on the team's shuttle hurdle relay.  However, at the beginning of this past Winter Track season, he returned as a force to be reckoned with.  Instead of just being quick in the short sprints, his natural strength, we gave Kai a shot to run on the 400m relay early in the winter season, and he ran like he had found another gear. The 400m takes guts as well as speed, and Kai proved all season that he had both in spades. This Spring would have been a tremendous season for Kai, who was really hitting on all cylinders.  He was an excellent role model for the younger athletes, and a pleasure to coach.  I'm glad to hear that his enthusiasm for running has led him to consider walking on the team at Stevens Institute next year."

Durmus personal best records include (according to Milesplit.com):

Outdoor

  • Triple Jump 35-8
  • 100 Meter Dash 12.60
  • 110 Meter Hurdles 19.92
  • 200 Meter Dash 25.11

Indoor

  • 55 Meter Dash 7.31
  • 55 Meter Hurdles 9.84
  • 200 Meter Dash 24.96
  • 300 Meter Dash 42.52
  • 400 Meter Dash 56.17

Wearing the NP uniform means, "I'm running for more than just myself," said Durmus.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of COVID-19 isolation?

Kayhan: Mostly bored and missing the homies. Trying to go outside a lot to stay sane.

TAPinto: What will be the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Kayhan: See the homies and actually sit down in an indoor space with them.

Editor's Note: TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published in random order. Seniors, click here for form. 

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