CLEMSON, S.C. — Matthew Boling will seek to make a winning start to his 2023 indoor campaign when he opens his season with a rare 300-meter race on Day 1 at the 2023 Clemson Invite on Saturday. LIVE RESULTS || WATCH SATURDAY || Read More: Anna Hall opens season with 60m hurdles win at Clemson Invite
The NCAA Indoor Champion over the 200m in 2021 has not contested a 300m race competitively so it will be interesting to see how fast he will run this weekend. With an indoor personal best of 20.19secs, one can expect something quick from Boling on Saturday, but can he challenge the current collegiate 300m record of 31.99secs, set by Florida’s Jacory Patterson last January.
The American record is 31.87 secs, held by two-time world 200m champion Noah Lyles from 2017, but I don’t think Boling will break that mark on Saturday. Boling runs the first 300m of his career at 12:15 p.m. to start the track events.
The 22-year-old will race from the first heat and starts from lane six where the Georgia senior will take on a pair of Clemson sprinters, Wanya McCoy and Cameron Rose, as well as LeBron Bessick of Auburn.
Among the other sprinters racing in the men’s 300m dash at the 2023 Clemson Invite on Saturday are LaFranz Campbell (TRS), while Florida’s Ryan Willie and Robert Gregory will race in the second heat.