Photo: Matthew Boling won the Texas UIL State Class 6A 100m in a wind-legal 10.13 seconds
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There is a science behind sprinting at altitude.
Various journals over time have reported that sprinters can see improvements in anaerobic performances at altitude due to a reduction in air density. That's one reason why the IAAF, since 1998, cannot ratify world world records above sea level and instead classifies them as "altitude-assisted."
But that doesn't prevent athletes from seeing what they can accomplish at altitude every year.
The Great Southwest Classic, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, plays host to one of the fastest meets in the country every year. Trayvon Bromell became the athlete in high school history to go under 10 seconds in the 100m at Great Southwest in 2013, though it was heavily wind-assisted.
This year, both Houston Strake Jesuit's Matthew Boling -- who became the second athlete all-time, and the fastest, to go under 10 seconds in a wind-assisted 9.98 seconds during a Texas Regional -- will try to see what he's capable of in the 100m on Saturday.
The same will go for Oakland Park Northeast's Briana Williams, who ran a wind-legal 11.10 (+0.2) second time this weekend in Jacksonville. A year ago, she ran the third fastest wind-legal girls time in Great Southwest's history in 11.25 seconds.
But do all sprinters who head to New Mexico also see major PRs?
We looked at the top 25 wind-legal performances at Great Southwest all-time and compared each athlete's pre-GS season best effort to gauge improvement. Check out the data below.
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Impact On The Top 25 Great Southwest Boys 100m Runs Of All-Time
OVERALL PERCENTAGE IMPROVEMENT: 39-percent
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Impact On The Top 25 Great Southwest Girls 100m Runs Of All-Time
OVERALL PERCENTAGE IMPROVEMENT: 52-percent