H.S. Sprinter Broke The 100-Meter Dash National Record That’s Stood For Over 29 Years And He’s Lightning Fast
The high school calendar year is wrapping up. We’re past prom season and into the few weeks when the various spring sports all have their state championships. The Texas UIL State Track and Field Championships were held last weekend in Austin and Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling made history.
The 18-year-old broke the state and national record in the 100-meter dash by crossing the finish line in just 10.13-seconds. This kid is LIGHTNING fast. He made national headlines last month when he became the first-ever high school sprinter to run a race in under 10-seconds (9.98 seconds) but there was a catch.
When he ran the sub-10-second mark he was running with a tailwind that was slightly over 2x the legal limit so that wasn’t a certified record. This time around, the future University of Georgia sprinter ran the 100-meter in just 10.13-seconds without the need of that tailwind and the record is legit.
Blink and you might miss this dude cover 10-meters, he’s that fast:
That 9.98 finish is the fastest ‘all conditions’ race in high school history so he has that feather in his cap as he graduates high school and heads off to the University of Georgia Track and Field team. If you haven’t seen that clip yet, definitely check it out.
He isn’t just a one-trick pony, either. The sprinter took home multiple wins over the weekend according to Yahoo! Sports:
The Strake Jesuit high school senior made headlines earlier this month after his performance at the Texas Region III-6A track meet when he ran the 100-meter dash in just 9.98 seconds — which marked the fastest all-conditions mark ever recorded by a high school sprinter. Boling was helped by a tailwind of just more than twice the legal limit at that meet, however.
He backed that up on Saturday, though, with his wind-legal time still setting the new national record — and he still thinks he can go faster.
“Honestly when I looked at the race before us and saw that the wind was 1.3, I was like ‘Oh, I’m excited,’” Boling said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Because after last week, everyone was like ‘Oh, the wind wasn’t legal’ and stuff like that. So I was like ‘Alright, I’ll just drop a fast time today.’”
The Georgia signee won the long jump earlier on Saturday, too, at 25 feet and 4.5 inches in just two jumps. He currently holds the Texas record at 26-3.5, which is the seventh-best distance in high school track and field history.
“I wasn’t aiming for any big records,” Boling said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Like in the long jump I only took two jumps because I just wanted to be rested because I had so many events today. I just had to do my job and get as many points for the team as possible.” (via)
Only in Texas would a high school sprinter become such an overnight celebrity that he needed a police escort at a Track & Field event but that’s exactly what happened last weekend. He was so swarmed by attention at the stadium that he needed a police escort throughout the day.
It’s common practice in parts of Texas to put up a huge sign in your front yard with your kid’s name + number + sport if they’re on the varsity team (like you saw in Varsity Blues) but I have to imagine there are shit tons of houses out there supporting this kid with massive billboards as he makes his way to UGA and leaves Texas.
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