Matthew Boling 9.98, 19.92 and 8.25 LJ

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  1. white lightning

    white lightning Hall of Famer Staff Member

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    I was checking the start lists for the 2022 Tom Jones Memorial Track Meet this weekend. Matthew Boling is entered in the 100 meters and the long jump. Big mistake
    in my opinion. The 100 is fine but he needs to get his 200 meters fine tuned before the SEC Championships. He still has time but what good is doing the long jump? He
    is killing his body and it's not preparing him for making the world championships this summer. I know he loves the long jump but his coach has to tell him to make a
    decision. To be honest other than the 1 huge jump indoors at the start of the year he hasn't impressed in the long jump. Working on his 100 & 200 meters if far more
    important as he is so close to going sub 10 and sub 20 this summer. It wouldn't suprise me if he gets hurt doing this long jump just because he loves it so much. Just my
    thoughts. Boling is too elite of a sprinter to be wasting time and energy while risking injuries just to keep jumping.
     
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  3. Warhawk_46

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    I agree, would like to see him focus more on the 100 and 200. The long jump is an event where injury can easily occur. Bolig has elite talent; he just needs to continue to refine his starts and run relaxed at top speed. He needs better coaching to be honest.
     
  4. white lightning

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    He has a female coach and to be honest how many elite female coach's are there that train male sprinters at the highest levels? Even in jobs I've worked at in my lifetime, the
    female bosses I worked for were the worst. My female coworkers agreed. It wasn't that they didn't have the knowledge. It was that they are too emotional and on a daily or
    weekly basis it was like dealing with a totally different person. They tend to bring their personal problems into the work place. So if they have family, friends or dating issues, everyone at work would suffer for it. Just my honest opinion. If they can stay unemotional they are ok but women are not made like that. Men are more rational & common sense.

    To add to this meet in particular. He just lost in his first 2oo meters outdoors a few weeks ago. If Boling wants to make possibly win the NCAA Championships in the 100 & 200 he will need to go sub 10 and sub 20 wind legal most likely. He could possibly win the SEC with times a little slower but even there he has to level up his game. The long jump is not going to get him anywhere.
     
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    ah well, he'll keep doing what he's doing till he admits to himself something's not working (we all do I guess).
    I wonder what sort of coach his personality would respond to best - like a doctor/patient thing, very important
     
  6. white lightning

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    I know but it's so frustrating. I believe he should alread be doing what Abby Steiner is doing. Also she is coming off major injuries last year and she doesn't even long jump.
    All of us here know he has talent at or near the top of bell curve. I just don't want to see another sprinter with Lemaitre Potential to be mismanaged and not have the right
    coach and trainers around him to get him to his peak ability. We all know Christophe could have been even better. I don't want to see the same thing happen to Boling.

    Either way let's hope he gets that sub 10 this weekend finally if the conditions are right. Just hope he doesn't take all of the 6 jumps. Maybe he can get a monster jump in the
    first 2 or 3 attempts and then just rest for the 100 meters. I do think he will go sub 10 either this weekend or the next time on the track. Hope my predition is right! :)
     
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    Boling is running this Saturday in the 100 at the Tom Jones Invitational against a good field.
     
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    So Boling continues to waste his time in the long jump today. He finished in 11th place. It's not worth his time and energy plus the risk of getting hurt. Maybe Boling
    and his coach will finally wake up and smell the coffee. Stick with the 100 & 200 meters. He is a good long jumper but will never be a great one unless that is all that
    he did. Why even bother as it's killing his other events? Again he should go sub 10 and sub 20 this year but only if he focuses on the task at hand.

    I know I'm being hard but it's so dumb. He is not a star because of the long jump or 400 meters. Boling is a star because of his 100 & 200 meters ability period!

    That being said I wish him luck tommorow. I hope the mental and physical beating he took today doesn't effect his race tommorow.
     
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    11th place is a very large change for him in the long jump....he may be bowing out(giving up) of the long jump with a legitimate excuse or he is dealing with a niggle or two. I am hoping he is in good health but I wont be surprised if he doesnt do well in the 100m today. I do however hope he wins....
     
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    Yeah, the 200 times were nothing special, so the conditions are probably not the greatest. Devin Quinn will be running today too in one of the Olympic development heats.
     
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    Boling, 9.98 at Tom Jones meet!
    Wind legal!
     
  12. white lightning

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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys know I called a wind legal sub 10 and sub 20 this year. WOW! Can't wait to see the video! :) EPIC! Woohoo!
     
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    Here it is!
    Boling finally got a decent start.
     
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    Thanks jacknyc. You beat me to posting that video as I just saw it a few minutes ago. I'm anxious to see a few more from a little better angle. I'm so pumped
    up for him as with his struggles at the sec indoor champs and his first outdoor 200 meters had to be hard to swallow. Maybe now he can finally forget about
    the long jump. The kid is gonna be known all around the world. He did appear to tighten up a little over the last 10 meters but the start was enough to get
    him into the sub 10 club. Your gonna need to update your all time american 100 meters list now jacknyc. What a great day! :)
     
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    Congrats to Matthew Boling!
     
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    Wow, did he get a great start!! The indoor season really paid off for him.
     
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    great to see from Matthew. Another good marker under his belt and no doubt a confidence boost.
    I just found a later video - listen to the guy's comments at 1.55 in

     
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    Yeah I'm no expert and even I could tell that was a great start.

    Looks like no Pickering or Lemaitre type fade for this kid.
     
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    The next step for Boling in the 100 is to prove he can relax and do it without the wind. A truely elite sprinter can run sub 10's with or without wind. Champions can
    even sometimes run them into a negative wind. Baby steps but he will get faster as he continues to relax and let's the speed flow through him. Now he needs to go get
    that sub 20 out of the way by the SEC Champs at the latest so he can have confidence going into the NCAA National Championships over 100 & 200 meters!
     
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    First, what a fantastic run for Boling. Thanks for posting the video. In comparing the HS 100 to this most recent sub 10 100, it looks like Boling is holding his drive phase a little longer than in previous 100 event. Is anyone else seeing this?
    ....and yes, give up the long jump. Correct me if I'm wrong, but he was primarily a 400 athlete in HS until his senior year. He needs to go back to the training he did as a high schooler to maintain that top end speed. This means running 400's and 200's or at the minimum 300's and 150's in practice. Especially if he continues to run the 200 which he should do help his 100. This will help him maintain the top end speed. And yes, keep working on that start. It looked really improved today.
    Correct?
     
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    Yes you are correct Carolina Speed. Just slightly longer on the drive phase but the biggest thing I noticed over the last 2 races is his ability to relax. Alot of that is getting off
    to a good start which has been a weakness for Boling since his High School Days. It's slowly improving as we saw especially indoors over 60 meters as he broke his personal
    best times a few times. That right there told me he was ready go go sub 10. The start and the relaxation are critical to his further development. Another thing Matthew needs
    to do is to try and stay calm and relaxed even when he has a average or bad start. Trying to hard will make any sprinter tighten up and slow them down. Abby Steiner proves that
    if you can stay relaxed you can overcome a mediocre or poor start.

    Boling does run the 200 meters alot but I'm sure they are having him run some 300 meters in practice. An occasional 400 meter early in the season is ok too. I think
    250 to 300 meters practice runs are usually necessary to hold that top speed as long as possible and relax even as the lactic acid is running through his body. It's an art form when done at the highest level and he is still a student learning the biomechanics necessary to compete with the best sprinters in the world.
     
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    Shared the news regarding Boling on Gab! It's gone semi viral with 16 likes and 6 reposts in about an hour or so.
     
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    It was close to a perfect race for him and it was warm judging by the way the spectators were dressed. With peaking and hot weather he should be threatening a low 9.9X time or even a high 9.8X time. I hope the wind gauge cooperates because he could have pb after pb this season if he executes races like he did yesterday!

    PS, I think his 200m pb could get shattered and hit 19.8X as he was a stronger 200m runner IMO before this season.
     
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    The Georgie Tech Invitational is this coming Friday and Saturday. The 100 is on Friday and the 200 on Saturday. I hope Boling and Bulldogs will be there.
     
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    The key for Boling in this race, and in future races, is his start.

    He got a great start and was out in front of his competitors, which allowed him to run relaxed.
    What we usually see, is that he doesn't have a good start, is behind his competitors, and tightens up and fights against himself, as he tries to make up ground.
    Coming out of the blocks, he needs to be with the pack or ahead, so that he will run relaxed.

    I remember this was a big problem for Craig Pickering too.
    As juniors they could make up ground on other runners easily, but as they moved up in competition, it was not so easy to make up ground lost at the start.
    And seeing that the other runners weren't coming back to them, they pressed and strained, and actually impeded their ability to run faster.

    So Boling has to get out with his competitors at the start, so that he can run relaxed, and therefore run faster.
     
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    I partially agree. Yes it's alot harder to come back over 100 meters. The 200 is a better race for a slow starter but it can be done. Just go rewatch Abby Steiner running
    a 10.92 after a bad start. She didn't tighten up or panic. Steiner stayed relaxed and she caught and passed up everyone. These were very, very fast women that she just
    blew by! So yes you can't always catch other sprinters with a bad start but there is still a chance with top end speed like Boling has! He has a rare 6th gear that very few
    sprinters have. I believe if he can learn relaxation no matter how the start goes he would at least give himself a chance. If he trieds to hard with his eye balls popping out
    of his head it will never happen. So it's not always easy to get a great start but he can improve. He can however learn to relax in every race he runs regardless of his start or
    the distance he is racing!
     
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