Strake Jesuit College Preparatory senior sprinter and long jumper Matthew Boling, a University of Georgia commit, is raising eyebrows across the board as he lifts fans to their feet each and every time he is called upon to perform.
Boling has helped lead the Crusaders individually, winning back-to-back gold medals in the 100m dash at the Texas Southern University Relays and Texas Relays. In addition, Boling has made the necessary contribution as a team player, closing out the fourth leg of the 4x100m relay team that has gone undefeated at the TSU and Texas Relays.
Strake Jesuit sprinters and long jump head coach Chad Collier is impressed with his shining star. “He is a lot more than just a tremendous athlete,” Collier said. “As great as he is in the individual events he is also an incredible team player who always puts the team first. He is a hard worker that put in tremendous sacrifice for the guys which make him a leader.” The Defender spoke with Boling about his stellar season.
Defender: How were you able to close out two comeback victories in the 4x100m relay prelims and finals?
Boling:We definitely got all our handoffs right because our first, second and third leg got us in good position. I think we really got a good chance to see how we would run against 6A competition so we can get ready for state.
Defender: How has your work ethic and preparation led to record-breaking results on the track and in the long jump?
Boling:It is just coming to practice every day with a good attitude and not complaining about the workouts. That really pushes our team to run well, creating the really good culture we have at Strake. Even during Thanksgiving break when we had the whole week off, the coaches aren’t allowed to come so we just go out and practice by ourselves as a team. When it is cold or rainy we still make sure to go work in the gym.
Defender: Why is the University of Georgia the best fit for you on the next level?
Boling:Definitely the culture there. Everyone there has a dream of going to the Olympics and they train professionally. The atmosphere was really good for me and I really liked the coaches as well.
Favorite food: Chicken sandwich
Favorite subject: English
Favorite music artist: Travis Scott
World problem he would solve: Climate Change
Who he studies: Grant Holloway, Michael Norman and Marquise Goodwin
Shout-outs: The team, assistant coach Webster