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18-year-old matches world’s 6th-fastest 400m to win relay

Matt Boling is the 18-year-old who's emerging as one of the fastest sprinters in the world

Matthew Boling is a high school senior from Houston, Texas who has made a name for himself in the running world. The runner who competes for Strake Jesuit College Prep ran a shocking 9.98s 100m two weeks ago, which wasn’t record-eligible due to the tailwind, but remains one of the fastest times in the world for the 2019 outdoor season and one of the fastest times ever run by an American high school student.

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The 18-year-old followed up that stunning performance with a wind-legal 10.13s 100m win at the UIL Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas on Saturday. That 10.13 puts Boling in the top-25 fastest 100m times for the 2019 outdoor season in the world. For even more context, Boling’s 10.13 also matches 2018 Canadian 100m champion Aaron Brown’s 2019 season best. His 10.13 is the fastest time ever run by an American high school student during the regular season in a high school meet.


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But Boling isn’t only strong over 100m. The runner finished his stellar championship weekend with a 44.47s 400m relay split to bring his team to victory. While his 44.47 won’t count as a personal best as it was run in a relay, the time would sit him in sixth spot in the 2019 IAAF world rankings.