The high school track season is over for Matthew Boling, but the national spotlight remains firmly on the UGA-bound track phenom.
On Monday, the future Bulldog was named National High School Track and Field Athlete of the Year by both USA Today and Gatorade. He’s also up for an ESPY award (more on that later).
Boling also penned a first-person story for MileSplit.com, summing up his surreal senior season at Strake Jesuit High School of Houston, Texas.
As you may know, Boling became a mainstream sports celebrity with his viral track videos of sprinting past competitors as if he was a character on a video game, along with clocking the fastest ever “all conditions” time for a high schooler in the 100 at 9.98 seconds.
“Much of what has happened over the last few months has been written about already, from the tabloid reporter knocking on my family’s door one night, to the cowboy hat-wearing security detail following our team around for the Texas state championships,” Boling wrote in an article that was published on Monday.
“I was interviewed by the Dan Patrick Show, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and many other big companies. I’ve been called many things, by many people, and I was never willing to be anything other than myself. I may have dreamed about this for years, all this success that came through years of hard work, but I never anticipated it. Who goes into the year thinking they’re going to get nominated for an ESPY?”
About that ESPY: Boling is one of the four nominees for “Best Record-Breaking Performance” against the likes of NFL star Drew Brees and NBA All-Star Klay Thompson. To vote to Boling, please go here.
The ESPYs will be held at 8 p.m. on July 10.
What’s next for Boling this summer? He’ll be the headliner for the USA men’s team at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Costa Rica on July 19-21.