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Matthew Boling
Personal information
Born June 20, 2000 (2000-06-20) (age 21)
United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s)
College team Georgia Bulldogs (2020–2021)
Coached by Althea Thomas and Petros Kyprianou (2019-2021)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 100 m: 10.11 (2019)
  • 200 m: 20.06 (2021)
  • 400 m : 45.51 (2021)
  • Long jump: 26' 5.75" (2021, 8.07 m)
Updated on May 15, 2021; 4 months ago (May 15, 2021).

Matthew Boling (born June 20, 2000) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the sprints and long jump. He won four gold medals at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships in the 100 m, 200 m, 4 × 100 m relay and 4 × 400 m relay, and helped set world under-20 records in both of the relay races for the United States. He also ran in the semi-final for the American 4 × 400 m relay team at the 2018 World U20 Championships that went on to earn silver in the final.

Boling gained national attention during the Spring of 2019 for his accomplishments in high school track and field. In March, he leaped the farthest in the long jump for a high school athlete in ten years with a 26' 3.5" (8.01 m) mark at the Texas Relays, and then bested the high school all-conditions 100 m record, breaking the 10-second barrier with a wind-assisted 9.98 seconds run on April 27, 2019. Boling finished his high school track career in May at the Texas state championships by running a 44.74 second anchor in the 4 × 400 m relay for the Strake Jesuit Crusaders, coming from behind to win in the fastest time for a high school team in the nation that year (3:10.56).

Early Life

Matthew Boling was born to Mark and Monique Boling on June 20, 2000, with a twin brother, Michael. They grew up in Houston, Texas and attended River Oaks Baptist School, where Matthew began running track. The two then began attending Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. Initially, Matthew competed in the high jump, then began focusing on the long jump and the 400m. At the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, Boling ran the opening leg for the USA's 4 × 400 m relay team, which went on to get the silver medal in the final. In November that year, he committed to the University of Georgia.

Breakthrough

Boling went viral in 2019 when he broke the 10-second barrier with a wind-aided 9.97 seconds, setting the high school all-conditions record in the 100m. He also long jumped 26ft, 3in (8.01m) at the Texas Relays, the furthest jump for a high school athlete in 10 years. He won both events at the Texas UIL 6A State Championships, setting the wind-legal US high school record of 10.13 seconds in the 100m, and anchored Strake Jesuit to 3rd in the 4 × 100 m. He went viral once again in the 4 × 400 m when he split 44.74 seconds on his anchor leg to bring Strake Jesuit a win from over 20m behind.

After winning the 100m and 200m at the USA U20 Championships, Boling turned the double at the 2019 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships in San José, Costa Rica. Both times (10.11 and 20.31, respectively) were personal bests, and his 100m time of 10.11 was also a championship record. He then ran the 4th and 2nd legs for the USA's 4 × 100 m and 4 × 400 m teams, respectively, both setting World U20 records. For his performances, Gatorade awarded Boling its National Boys Track & Field Player of the Year honors for 2018–19, and he was named the 2019 High School Boys Athlete Of The Year by Track & Field News.

Collegiate Career

2020

Before his season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, Boling attempted the 60m, 200m, Long Jump and the 4 × 400 m indoors. At the SEC Indoor Championships, Boling finished second overall in the 200m with 20.71 seconds, losing to Terrance Laird of LSU from the first section.

2021

Returning to track, Boling again tried each event and chose to focus on the 200m for the indoor season. At the SEC Championships, he was disqualified in the final for stepping out of his lane on the final turn, and Laird took the title. However, because he ranked high enough by running 20.37 in his preliminary, he qualified for his first NCAA Championships, where he corrected his mistake and won the national title. He clocked a 20.19, the joint-sixth fastest time in history.

Laird and Boling's rivalry was set to grow in the outdoor season with the addition of the 100m and 4 × 100 m. At the SEC Outdoor Championships, Laird won the 100m/200m double, while Boling finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. His time of 20.06 seconds was a personal best in the 200m. Boling ran the anchor for Georgia's 4 × 100 m, with a slight lead but was caught by Laird and finished 2nd. At the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in [[Eugene, Oregon], Boling finished 6th and 5th in the 100m and 200m, respectively. Boling was considered a Freshman in 2021 by many, due to Covid 19 causing a short season his Freshman year.

Boling stayed in Eugene for the US Olympic Trials, where he finished 14th overall in the 100m semis and 9th overall in the 200m semis, bringing his first complete College season and first Olympic tryout to an end.

Personal Life

Boling has been nicknamed "White Lightning" by a few, although he has stated that he does not like the moniker and would prefer just "Matt". Boling said his competitors never mention the fact he is white, that his race means nothing on the track. Instagram commenters and reporters are the ones who keep bringing up his skin color.

Statistics

Personal records

Event Time / Mark Wind (m/s) Venue Date Notes
100 m 10.11 +0.5 San José, Costa Rica July 19, 2019
9.97 w +3.2 College Station, Texas, U.S. May 15, 2021 Wind-assisted
200 m 20.06 +1.7 College Station, Texas, U.S. May 15, 2021
Indoor 200 m 20.19 N/A Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S. March 13, 2021 #6 all-time
400 m 45.51 N/A Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. January 23, 2021 Indoor
400 m (relay split) 44.5 N/A San José, Costa Rica July 21, 2019
Long jump 26' 5.75" (8.07 m) N/A Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S. February 26, 2021 Indoor
4×100 m relay 38.62 N/A San José, Costa Rica July 20, 2019 WU20R
4×400 m relay 2:59.30 N/A San José, Costa Rica July 21, 2019 WU20R

International competitions

Representing the  United States
Year Competition Position Event Time Wind (m/s) Venue Notes
2018 World U20 Championships 1st (semi 3) 4×400 m relay 3:05.57 N/A Tampere, Finland WU20L, Q
2019 Pan American U20 Championships 1st 100 m 10.11 +0.5 San José, Costa Rica PB
1st 200 m 20.31 -0.8 WU20L, PB
1st 4×100 m relay 38.62 N/A WU20R
1st 4×400 m relay 2:59.30 N/A WU20R

National championships

Representing the Strake Jesuit Crusaders (2018–2019) and Georgia Bulldogs (2021)
Year Competition Position Event Time / Mark Wind (m/s) Venue Notes
2018 U.S. U20 Championships 6th Long jump 23' 11.5" (7.30 m) -1.0 Bloomington, Indiana
6th 400 m 46.59 N/A
2019 U.S. U20 Championships 1st 100 m 10.15 w +2.3 Miramar, Florida Wind-assisted
3rd Long jump 25' 3.5" (7.71 m) +1.9
1st 200 m 20.36 +0.7 PB
2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships 7th Long jump 25' 5.25" (7.75 m) N/A Fayetteville, Arkansas
1st 200 m 20.19 N/A WL
4th 4×400 m relay 3:04.84 N/A
NCAA Division I Championships 2nd 4×100 m relay 38.54 N/A Eugene, Oregon
6th 100 m 10.19 +0.4
5th 200 m 20.48 -0.4
U.S. Olympic Trials 14th 100 m 10.22 +0.7 Eugene, Oregon
9th 200 m 20.27 +0.9
  • NCAA results from Track & Field Results Reporting System.
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