Georgia freshman track star Matthew Boling set a school record in the 200-meter dash on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Boling’s 20.66-second time was the fourth-best in the world this year. It also broke an 11-year-old UGA track record set by the late great Torrin Lawrence (20.77, 2009).
LSU’s Terrance Laird was a tick faster than Boling on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Laird ran a 20.43 time that ranked as the fastest 200-meter time in the world this year.
Boling set a personal-best in the 200 meters of 20.31 last July in Costa Rica. It was a gold-medal winning effort in the 2019 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships.
Georgia senior Amber Tanner set a school mark and ran her personal-best in the 800 meters, 2:03.02, on Friday.
Freshman Haze Farmer, meanwhile, tied a Georgia school record in the pole vault by clearing 17-8 1/2 on Friday.
“This weekend proved to me that we have some high-quality student-athletes who know how to respond to high-level competition,” head coach Petros Kyprianou said in a school release.
“While we were training through these meets and didn’t quite look super sharp, we had some world-class marks that give us some confidence going in to the championship season.”
The 19-year-old Boling, who is from Houston, Texas, exploded on the scene last spring when he ran a wind-assisted 9.98 seconds in the 100 meters . It was a high school all-conditions national record.
The next month, Boling set the national high school record with a 10.13-second time in the 100 meters running for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school in Houston.
Georgia returns to action at the SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on Feb. 28-29.
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