Strake Jesuit’s Fastest Man In the Country

HOUSTON – Matthew Boling is the fastest man in the country.

You read that right.

Not just in Houston or Texas but the United States of America, Boling holds the fastest marks in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.

“It feels really good, I’ve been working really hard all year and am really happy with my times,” Boling said. “But I am still hungry and know I can do better.”

At the TSU Relays this past weekend, the Strake Jesuit senior posted times of 10.22 in the 100-meter dash and 20.58 in the 200-meter dash, which are both personal records.

Boling’s 100-meter dash time is 0.24 seconds and his 200-meter dash mark is 0.41 seconds faster than Miami Northland High School’s Tyrese Cooper times in each race.

“My goals each meet are to just progress and focus on one thing such as my block starts or drive phase so I can get ready for state,” Boling said.

Boling is in his final year at Strake Jesuit and has already signed with the University of Georgia to continue his track career at the college level.

“The team atmosphere at UGA was just amazing,” Boling said. “They had multiple current talents and a lot of pros/Olympians training there and it just felt like the best place for me to get better.”

So, how does the fastest man in the country get better?

Boling said he is focusing on his speed work and in the 400-meter race staying strong in the final 100 meters to the finish line.

While the finish is important, Boling said his key to success this year comes right from the beginning.

“I just think to get out and be explosive during my first 30 meters and then I just get up tall and move as fast as I can,” he said.

Boling has also PR’d in the long jump this season reaching 25-feet and five inches, which came at the Katy ISD Bubba Fife Relays on March 2. That mark is the longest jump in the country under FAT Only rankings on MileSplit.com.

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