Murat Kayali

Murat competed in 12 Heps Championships from 2005 to 2009, earning both All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy status. With personal bests of 3:47 in the 1,500, 4:07 in the mile and 25:12 on the course at Van Cortlandt Park, Murat is the only Bulldog track & field athlete to be listed on the school’s all-time top 15 lists in five individual events. Originally from LaJolla, Calif., Murat comes from a family of Heps athletes. His father, Hasan, was a triple jump at Harvard. Two of his uncles — Ahmed and Resad — also jumped for the Crimson. But his younger sister — Nihal — followed in his footsteps, enrolling and running distance events at Yale, where she is a freshman. Murat now lives near Washington, D.C., works at the Georgetown Running Company and teaches SAT classes at Kaplan as he tries “to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.”