It has been a phenomenal spring for Matthew Boling.
From shocking the track world with a wind-aided sub-10 second 100-meter dash, to breaking the high school National record by running a 10.13-second 100-meter dash at the UIL State Track and Field meet to winning the USATF U20 National Championship in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash this past weekend.
Now, add another award to the mantle - the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The Strake Jesuit graduate, who is signed to Georgia, received the national award at a ceremony on Wednesday at Strake Jesuit High School.
Boling has been a viral sensation all spring and has been a must-watch performer every time he steps on the track and that will continue at Georgia and maybe even in the 2020 Olympic Games.
BREAKING: @StrakeJesuitATH @matthew_boling1 runs a 44.74 second 400-meter in the final leg of the 4x400 to win the race. This was unbelievable!!! The crowd erupted watching him. @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk @InsideTxTrack @StrakeJesuit @uiltexas pic.twitter.com/B3U8yuZY59
— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) May 12, 2019
Along with being a track sprinter/hurdler and a football player, Zachary High's Sean Burrell also is an avid fisherman. So it was appropriate for the Bronco senior-to-be to find out that he landed a different kind of "big one" on the way home from a fishing trip.
The Gatorade Company announced that Burrell was selected as the 2018-19 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Monday morning. It is an honor that follows an injury-laden season that ended with a blaze of glory.
"This wasn't something I was sure I could get," Burrell said. "All through the spring I was had to be patient and let my body heal. At the end, I was comfortable opening up to run faster. Winning this award ... it's great."
Burrell posted nationally-ranked times in the 200 and 400 meters while leading the Broncos to a Class 5A runner-up finish at the AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track Championships in May. He won the 200 meters in 20.79 seconds, a time which ranked sixth nationally, not long after winning the 400 in 46.52 seconds, the No. 7 national mark. Burrell, who also finished second in the 110 hurdles, gives Baton Rouge a sweep of Gatorade honors this spring. Baton Rouge High's Logan Lewis, a throws specialist, won the Gatorade Louisiana girls award.
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