Matthews, from Forest Park High, won three ACC titles (indoor and outdoor titles in the triple jump and an indoor title in the long jump) as a freshman in 2016. She went on to finish 12th at the U.S. Olympic trials in the triple jump that summer.
However, a stress reaction in her right shin (her takeoff leg) that she suffered that fall sidelined her for the next two years and ultimately required surgery. Rather than risk reaggravating the injury, Matthews chose to learn to jump taking off from her left leg. She learned well enough to win three more ACC titles and, in fact, improve upon her school record set as a freshman (45 feet, 2 1/4 inches). She has also earned All-American status four times.