Last Call: Holy moly this kid is fast

This screenshot is slightly blurry because Matthew “White Lightning” Boling is moving at the speed of light.
This screenshot is slightly blurry because Matthew “White Lightning” Boling is moving at the speed of light.
Screenshot: Texan Live (YouTube)
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Last week, high-school senior Matthew Boling of Jesuit College Prep in Houston ran the 100-meter dash in less than 10 seconds—9.98 seconds, to be precise.

At 18 years old, he’s already drawing comparisons to Usain Bolt. The small asterisk is that his run was “wind-aided,” meaning he had a slight back wind as he ran. (This often means the time can’t be considered an official record.) Whatever, just look at him go.

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Even more astonishing: The Houston Chronicle reports this is the first year Boling has run the open 100 meter. Now, someone please pass me the Cheetos; I don’t want to have to get off the couch.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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greathousedagoth
Great House Dagoth

Quote from the coach out of the article:

“Boys did a great job today and anytime they come out,” Collier said. “It’s not about themselves, they compete for each other, they compete for the community, special things can happen.”

Counterpoint: Nah, track is great partially because in non-relays it IS just you out there. Sure the teams win or lose based on overall points, but the solo aspect is a lot of what I love about it.