Video: Matthew Boling ran a wind-legal 10.13 at the Class 6A Texas State Championships
3. Matthew Boling's Big Matchup In The 100m
Field: Matthew Boling (Houston Strake Jesuit, TX), Brendon Stewart (Southern California), Marcellus Moore (Plainfield North, IL), Kennedy Lightner (North Little Rock, AR), Jabriel Smith, Edward Sumler (Houston)
Why: Boling got a little bit of a scare at Great Southwest when he was step-for-step with Taylor Banks through 50 meters at The Great Southwest Classic. But the Strake Jesuit sprinter pulled away when Banks had to exit with an injury. Here, he'll face an even stiffer test. While no one in the field is approaching his foray into the 10.10s, he'll face collegiate athletes who will be mindful of his star power -- Boling will have to look past that and focus to come through yet again. As he's proven with wind-legal efforts of 10.13, 10.15 and 10.22 -- along with wind-aided efforts of 9.98, 10.11 and 10.20 -- he's surely capable. More impressively, he'll likely double up in the long jump -- and if he hits another 25-footer, that will be his seventh 25-plus mark of the season.