Georgia track and field signee Matthew Boling of Houston’s Strake Jesuit has been enjoying a pretty big senior year. Hanging out with friends. Making plans for graduation parties.
Running one of the fastest 100 meter dashes in U.S. prep history.
Boling was last seen on that viral video running a 9.98 second 100 meters. A 9.98 would have placed the high school senior seventh in the 2016 Summer Olympic finals (won by Usain Bolt with a blistering 9.81). However the time was wind-aided and therefore not eligible for the official record books.
But Boling did follow it up with an official 10.13 second effort in the Texas State finals, both a new personal best and a new national high school meet record. But he wasn’t done. He also won the long jump with a 25 foot, 4.5 inch effort. Then he capped off the meet by anchoring his school’s 4x400 relay team and turning in a performance that truly must be seen to be believed.
Boling is trailing by a solid 20 meters when he takes over in this video and runs down the anchor man for fellow Texas high school track power DeSoto like a velociraptor chasing Jeff Goldblum.
BREAKING: @StrakeJesuitATH @matthew_boling1 runs a 44.74 second 400-meter in the final leg of the 4x400 to win the race. This was unbelievable!!! The crowd erupted watching him. @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk @InsideTxTrack @StrakeJesuit @uiltexas pic.twitter.com/B3U8yuZY59— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) May 12, 2019
There’s no doubt Boling could do some really exciting things for the Bulldogs. While UGA track and field has produced elite athletes of late, including national champions, Boling is the first track athlete I can remember who will come to Athens as a bona fide Star. Until later...