“White Lightning” struck again.
Last month, Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling watched his national high school record sprint get left out of the history books because of wind aid, but the 18-year-old officially entered the all-time record books Saturday by running the 100-meter dash in 10.13 seconds at the Texas UIL state track and field championships at the University of Texas.
Dubbed “White Lightning” after last month’s 9.98-second run went viral, Boling beat the 29-year-old mark set by Henry Neal (1990), of Greenville High (Austin, Texas), by .02 seconds. Prior to his senior year, Boling had never competed in the 100-meter dash.
Boling’s previous run occurred while the wind measured 4.2 meters per second. The legal limit is plus-2.0 meters per second.
“When I looked at the race before us and saw the wind was 1.3, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m excited,’” Boling told ESPN. “Because after last week everyone was like, ‘Oh, the wind was illegal,’ and stuff like that. So I’m like, ‘All right, I’ll just drop a fast time today.’”
Boling, who was stopped by several of the 25,000-plus fans to take pictures and sign autographs, finished the day by running the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay and giving his school a comeback victory.
Next, he’ll head to the University of Georgia, where he plans to train for the Olympics.
Since he began competing in the open 100, Boling has been opening eyes locally and nationally. Observers took notice of his 10.2-second win in the 100 at the Texas Relays in April, but he began to make even bigger waves after winning the Texas 6A Region III boys meet, when he ran the wind-aided 9.98 seconds. The 4.2 meters per second tailwind meant that the time wouldn’t count as an official record, but it is the fastest all-conditions time ever run by a high schooler.
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