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Georgia’s Matthew Boling named National, SEC Athlete of the Week
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Matthew Boling has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Athlete of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week, according to recent announcements.
Boling, a native of Houston, Texas, left the field behind in his first 200-meter dash of the season with a world-leading time of 20.49 at the Clemson Invite. This finish tied for the third-best time of his career.
He also competed in the long jump and traveled 8.25 meters (27 feet, ¾ inches) on his second attempt to win by nearly half a foot. This topped his school record and put him 14th on the all-time NCAA performer list.
Boling’s mark in the long jump was the best for a collegian during the month of January since 2002. No man in world history has posted a combination of 20.49 in the 200m and 8.25m (27-0.75).
Boling is the first male Bulldog to garner National Athlete of the Week honors indoors since Kendal Williams on Feb. 21, 2017.
After being named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice indoors in 2020, Boling garnered SEC Indoor Men’s Runner of the Week two separate times last year.
Up Next: The Bulldogs travel to Birmingham, Ala., this week for Friday’s Samford Invitational.
— Courtesy of UGA Sports Communications