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Big Red Sports Network Profile: Indoor Track & Field Coach Derrhyl Duncan

By Cameron Gabrielson ‘24 

Derrhyl Duncan is in his first year as the Head Coach of Lawrenceville’s track program, but he brings tremendous experience to the school.

Prior to coming to Lawrenceville, Duncan spent seven years coaching track and field at Saint Catherine's School, an all-girls high school and middle school in Richmond, Va. Previously, he held coaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University and Temple University. Before becoming a coach, Duncan spent many years running himself. He attended Delaware State University as well as Temple University where he specialized in running the 400 meters. After college, Duncan ran professionally for about seven years.

Aside from his experience on the track, Duncan believes that he can add a lot to the Lawrenceville program this year. First, he hopes to add to the track community and build on the success that has already been established at Lawrenceville. His coaching approach focues on the entire person, rather than just the athlete. “When athletes know that their coach cares about them as individuals, it makes things on the track much easier,” he said.

Duncan is excited to see what the team can do this winter. He recognizes that this year will be a challenging since Lawrenceville’s indoor track at the Tsai Field House is under construction. However, Big Red is taking advantage of Princeton University’s close location, training at the Ivy League facilities once a week in addition to using Lawrenceville’s fitness equipment the rest of the week and some outdoor training as weather permits.

While it will be challenging for Big Red to compete in all “away” meets, Duncan believes that the boys and girls in the program are truly dedicated, and he is excited to see what they can do. He believes that Big Red will shock a lot of people with their top notch performances this season.

Duncan thinks that the distance program will be very strong this season coming off a good cross country season. Taksh Gupta, Sean Scarpa, Satvik Dasariraju, Yan Tsenter, and Brody Herrick are already performing very well. Nishka Malik, Megan Kumar, and Malin Phelan are also expected to bring high quality to the team this season. Elizabeth Parnell already is showing mid-season form coming off of a great cross-country season. Keira Lehmann is also expected to have a great impact this winter.

On the sprinter side, the coach singled out two very talented Third Formers, Sofia Swindell and Rhianna Scott. Additionally, Duncan believes that there are a lot of talented sprinters to watch. Finally, Matthew Baskin is coming off of a solid football season and it is expected to make an impact on the sprinting program.

Duncan has very high expectations for the program. While the team is smaller this year, he’s confident in the work ethic and athletic ability of his student-athletes. His goal at the end of the day is to win county, league, and state championships and have a number of Lawrentians compete on the national level.

For additional information, contact Lisa M. Gillard H'17, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.