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Watch track viral sensation set national record in 100-meter final at the UIL state meet

Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matt Boling, right
Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matt Boling, right Fox Sports Southwest

If Matthew Boling wasn’t already a social media sensation, he is now after he’s tremendous showing at the track and field state meet on Saturday in Austin.

Boling, a senior from Houston Strake Jesuit, ran a wind-aided 9.98 in the 100-meter dash during the 6A Region III meet on April 27, the fastest all-conditions 100-meter dash in high school history.

The wind measured at 4.2 meters per second. The legal limit is plus-2.0 meters per second. His sub-10 second run would’ve been a national record if not for the wind, but the weather was perfect in Austin.

The Georgia signee ran a wind-legal 10.13 in the 6A 100-meter final, setting a UIL state record and national record, which was previously set by Austin Greenville’s Henry Neal, who ran a 10.15 in 1990.

Oh and this is the first season Boling ran the 100.

But Boling didn’t impress the 25,000-plus crowd just in the 100-meter dash. He went on to win gold in the long jump with a mark of 25-4 1/2, more than four inches than the silver medalist.

However, the highlight of the weekend came in the 4 x 400 relay, which was the final event at state.

Boling was the final leg for Strake Jesuit and it looked like the Crusaders were going home with silver. Boling began his leg and had to erase a 25-meter deficit.

You know where this is going.

Boling passed DeSoto’s Chris Ford in the final 100 meters and the Crusaders won by 0.17 seconds.

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