On Saturday, Matthew Boling ran a 10.13 in the Texas high school state final 100 meter dash with a legal helping wind of 1.3 meters/second. (2.0 m/s is the maximum for a legal time.) A couple of weeks ago he ran his now famous 9.98 with more than three times as much wind behind him.
This is the 6A state final for the biggest high schools in Texas (and Texas has huge high schools), so Boling winning by 3 yards is impressive. Generally speaking, a 10.5 would put you in contention for winning the 100m in a giant state like Texas or California, so 10.13 in high school is extremely fast.
I gather this is a new national record for a high school meet, but I’m a little confused on the technicalities. On the other hand, guys have run faster during the summer after high school, like Tentavis Friday’s 10.00 on July 5, 2014, so it’s a little tricky to say what is high school and what is not. Is “high school” the period when you are in high school or the when you are old enough to enter college?
Presumably, it’s a pretty awesome feeling to be an 18 year old sprinter and be getting faster week by week, even if it causes confusion for track statistics nerds.
For example, football player Johnnie Lam Jones finished 6th in the 1976 Olympic 100m final with a 10.27 a few months out of high school. (About six weeks after the Olympics, the Rice U. defense had the Texas Longhorns football team on a 4th and 1 play at midfield. All the Owl defenders knew the already legendary Earl Campbell was coming straight up the middle at them and they were going nuts in hopes of being able to tell their grandsons they had stopped Earl Campbell on 4th and 1. So, Texas faked it to Earl and instead pitched out to freshman Johnnie Lam Jones. There were only 5 guys in the whole world faster than Johnnie Lam Jones and none of them were playing for Rice that evening.)
I see that Lam Jones, who was my age, recently died of cancer. RIP:
Apparently, this is only about the sixth meet in which Boling has run the 100m, having been previously stereotyped as a 400 meter runner.
Here’s the Boling family. I believe the fellow behind the curly haired Boling is his (fraternal?) twin brother.
And here’s the last leg of the 4×400 relay that traditionally ends high school meets in the U.S.:
I like how the other white kid, who had been crushed by Boling on the first turn, tried to re-pass him on the second turn. It didn’t work, but he gave it his best shot.