Matthew Boling might be the most entertaining athlete in track and field today.
In April, Boling, a senior at Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas), clocked the fastest all-conditions 100-meter dash time in high school history.
This past weekend at the state track and field championships, he clocked a wind-legal 10.13 in that same event to set a new national high school record. The previous record of 10.15 had stood for nearly 30 years. Yet it was Boling's performance as the anchor on Strake's 4x400m relay team that really got people talking (skip to 2:08 for the dramatics):
After taking the stick nearly three seconds out of first place, Boling hawks down DeSoto's anchor during the final stretch to win with room to spare. His blistering pace helped Strake finish the event with a 3:10.56, the fastest high school time in the country this season. "I knew he had about a 15-meter lead," Boling told ESPN. "But I thought I could get him. At the [final] 100 [meters], I heard the crowd get loud and it really helped me."
Boling, who will take his talents to the University of Georgia after graduation, also holds PRs of 26' 3.5 in the long jump and 20.58 in the 200-meter dash.
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