Matthew Boling gained a lot of attention as a senior in high school. The young man from Houston, Texas, did not realize how much national recognition he would receive from participating in track and field during his high school career.
Boling, who’s now in college, participates in sprints and jumps, and during his senior year, he accomplished something that is not done on the high school level.
Matthew Boling, a star track athlete in high school
Boling was one of the top track athletes in the state of Texas and the nation. As a junior, Boling had success winning the Texas 6A long jump state championship and finished second in the 400 meters. Boling did not start running the 100-meter dash until his senior year of high school. That decision to start running that event proved to be one of the best decisions that he made. His senior season was one to remember.
When he started competing in the 100-meter dash, he started gaining attention locally based on his times. In the track world, running the 100 meters shows how fast and how good someone’s technique is. It’s not about just going out there and running your fastest, there’s a lot that factors into running a successful 100-meter race, and Boling excelled at that.
At first, Boling was a normal 18-year-old high school senior, but he would become the face of high school track and field. Boling would continue to finish with times that were some of the best in the country in the 100-meters. During a region championship, Boling amazed a lot of people from his finish in the 100-meters. He clocked a 9.98-second finish with a tailwind of 4.2 meters per second. Though the tailwind helped with his time, no high school sprinter had ever run a fast before. The time was not official because of the tailwind, but it still was an impressive race from Boling. When a video of his race went out on social media, he gained a lot of attention from people across the world. He appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN and BBC.
Matthew Boling sets a record for high school track
With all the attention that Boling received, he continued to work hard and have success on the track. During the final track meet of his high school career, Boling won the 100 meters at the state meet running a 10.13. That time tied for the fastest time ever in a regular-season high school competition and tied for the fifth-fastest by any U.S. high school sprinter at any time. Boling also won his second straight title in the long jump and was the anchor of the 4 X 400 relay team that finished first.
Boling ended his high school career on top and established himself as one of the best track and field athletes ever. He dominated all the events he participated in and did not shy away from the big stage. Boling continued his track and field career at the University of Georgia.
Matthew Boling competing at the University of Georgia
Boling was able to finish his first indoor season at Georgia in 2020. He was not able to compete in outdoor because of the coronavirus. Competing in a tough conference, Boling had success as a freshman. He was voted the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year.
During the indoor season, he ran a personal-best of 6.68 in the 60-meter dash and moved to third place on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list in that event. He competed in the 200m and the long jump during the indoor season as well. Boling is set to have a successful college career and could potentially compete in the Olympics one day.