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Skyring enjoying ‘amazing’ run in cross country, track seasons

Maudie Skyring feels she arrived at Florida State as a “decent athlete.” Now the Seminoles’ senior is among the most decorated.

Skyring picked up three All-American finishes in three days, including a 20:45.5 run in the 6K (3.7 miles) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in mid-March. Her place was the best since Colleen Quigley, who also took 23rd place, in 2014. (Quigley competed in the 2016 Olympics for the U.S.)

A native of Wollongong, Australia, Skyring also anchored the distance medley relay to a third-place finish earlier in the week at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

“I’ve definitely progressed a lot each and every year,” said Skyring, a native of Wollongong, Australia. “I came in as a decent athlete, you could say, but definitely each year I’ve gotten personal bests in multiple events, which has been really exciting to see. That’s what we come over here for to improve as athletes. So I’m super happy with how things have progressed, I’ve definitely matured as an athlete.”

Skyring has been a standout in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track, juggling what has been a busy calendar as events have been rescheduled due to the pandemic. She also had two All-American finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning bronze in the distance medley relay and eighth in the 3,000 meters (she was runner-up in the 3,000 meters to help FSU claim the ACC Indoors title). 

“Maudie is a beast,” coach Kelly Phillips said. “Three All-American honors in three days for one girl is amazing.”

And now Skyring has earned some time to recharge. She won’t run in this weekend’s FSU Relays, which begin Thursday and wrap up on Friday. But Skyring can now fully focus on a transition from the indoor track season to the outdoor season.

“I think the transition is different for everyone,” Skyring said. “But with competing, so many races indoors due to qualifying, we need to take a bit of a bigger break after indoor and sort of rest and recover. That indoor season, I raced a lot. … It’s definitely a little bit of a transition. Because if we don’t take a little bit of a break, it’s a very long time period all the way through till June when we have outdoor nationals.”

Skyring said she was curious about coming to the U.S. to attend college but initially did a year at an Australian university. Following that year, she reconnected with Phillips, sharing some updates on her training and times. Skyring came to Tallahassee for a visit.

“I love the campus,” Skyring said. “I love the facilities and I really bonded and molded right away. So I do think one of the big things is just getting along with the coach and seeing yourself, that you can fit into that environment. I definitely saw FSU as a place that could be my home and I’d be happy living, training and doing all those things here.”

And Skyring is part of a deep women’s track and field roster that has ambitious goals for the outdoor season.

“I think it should be really exciting for us to see what we can do and definitely we’ve got some good momentum that we’re carrying through,” Skyring said.