Matthew Boling: The future of track and field
By James Mueller ’19
Strake Jesuit senior and University of Georgia commit Matthew Boling has one of the world’s brightest track and field careers ahead of him.
Boling kicked off the 2019 track and field season breaking not only personal records but also U.S. and international records.
He is currently among the top handful of track and field athletes of any age in the United States with a 400-meter time of 46.15, with a long jump of 25.05 feet, and with a 200-meter time of 20.58 second, which has been the fastest time of any high school or college track and field athlete in the U.S. and 4th fastest time in the world. His 100-meter time of 10.22 ranks 5th in the world.
“It feels really good,” Boling said. “I’ve been working really hard at it for a long time and have been dreaming about it, which just makes me want to keep working hard to get better.”
Throughout his high school career, Boling has continuously set and broken personal, school, and U.S. records. It’s hard to believe he did not begin his track and field career until 6th grade after really enjoying a running PE unit. Boling is a one-of-a kind athlete who hopes not only to excel for UGA in track and field but also to be able to continue competing after the college
Boling could be taking home some Olympic hardware before he retires