Matthew Boling opens the season with a school record
ATHENS, Ga. — Junior Bulldog Matthew Boling erased his own school record in the long jump with a new grade to mark the opening day of the Clemson Invitational on Friday.
Boling covered 8.25 meters (27 feet, ¾ inches) on his second attempt to pass the nearest collegiate competitor by more than a foot in the long jump before making his final four attempts.
The Bulldogs will face off again at the Clemson Indoor Complex on Saturday with action starting in the women’s high jump (first year Elena Kulichenko, junior Shelby Tyler) at 11 o’clock Gavin drink, junior Kyle Garland and junior Ziggy Zoller (shot put) will also start day two for the men at 11 a.m.
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Boling, from Houston, Texas, climbed to 7.73m (25-4.50) in the first round and was just behind Nike’s Steffin McCarter, who opened at 7.75m (25-5.25) , after the first jump. However, in the next round, Boling took off for a record mark of 8.25m (27-0.75), surpassing his previous career and school best of 26-5.75 to take fourth place in the last year’s SEC meeting.
First-year student Eddie Frye ranked sixth on the school’s all-time top 10 list in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.25 mark for ninth in the first round in her career debut. Senior Imani Carothers, who has the third-best 60m hurdles clip in school history at 8.06 last year, ran an 8.26 on Friday for 10and place.
Also break into school books was senior Delan Dunkley, whose personal best 6.75 gave the Bulldogs a five-for-10and on the all time list. Dunkley finished ninth in the preliminaries.
First-year student Kenondra Davis tied the seventh-best 60m time in school history in preliminaries with a 7.43 to take ninth place in his first time on the track in red and black.
Junior decathlete Kyle Garland broke eight seconds for the first time in his career to move from ninth to eighth (7.95) on the school’s all-time list in the 60m hurdles prelims and advance to the final. His result earned him sixth place in the preliminaries before taking eighth place in the final (8.03).
In the long jump, senior Titiana Swamp worked until a third attempt of 6.28m (20-7.25) to easily clinch second place.
Senior Block Anna Marian ran a personal best 2:49.54 to be the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the 1,000 m on the first day of the year.
The Bulldog men went 2-3 in the 1000m as juniors Sam Bower recorded a 2:26.33 for second place honors. Second year KC Heron finished one spot behind with a 2:26.35.
Senior Alencar Pereira made his season debut and hit 20.14m (66-1) in his second attempt for third place. Former NCAA Bulldog champion Denzel Comenentia threw a winning throw of 23.65m (77-7.25) to win from nearly nine feet.
It was the first meeting with Caryl SmithGilbert lead the Bulldogs as head coach. The Georgia men finished third and women fifth at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Bulldog teams have combined for nine indoor national top 10 finishes since 2013, including the 2018 women’s title, in addition to 2021 finishes.
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