August 16, 2021
Cunningham, Skyring Earn CoSIDA Academic All-America

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  –  Florida State student-athletes Trey Cunningham and Maudie Skyring were selected to the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America second team for Track & Field/Cross Country.

Both Seminoles earn the honor for the first time in their careers.

“To me, the Academic All-America award is the most prestigious honor a student-athlete can receive,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s competing well at the national level and maintaining extraordinary grades. Trey and Maudie are the best of the best,”

“I’m so proud of them for reaching the highest peak in our sport,” Braman said. “They will go up on the McIntosh Building wall with the other great Academic All-Americans that we’ve had here at FSU.”

After graduating in December of 2020, Skyring held a 4.0 in the Spring of 2021 while enrolled in the master’s program in exercise physiology. Prior to this honor, Skyring collected All-ACC academic team recognition in both track & field and cross country. She was also an USTFCCCA academic All-American and helped the Noles capture the team honor.

Skyring was an All-American in cross country after finishing 23rd at the 2020 NCAA Championships in the 6k, leading the Noles to a 15th place finish overall.

Days prior, the Wollongong, Australia, native, captured two additional All-America honors at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. She took home bronze as a part of the distance medley relay and also placed eighth in the 3,000M with a time of 9:09.05.

Skyring was also the runner-up in the race at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships with the second fastest time in school history at 9:04.44. She holds the fifth fastest time in the mile at 4:34.98.

On the track outdoor, Skyring captured a 12th place finish at the 2021 NCAA Championships in the 1,500m after running her personal best in prelims at 4:09.83.

Skyring holds the fifth fastest time in school history in the 5,000M (15:58.70), a mark which she set at the ACC Championships, placing eighth. She also earned silver in the 1,500m at 4:09.99.

Cunningham was the 2021 ACC Indoor Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and finished the academic year with a 3.43 GPA as a public relations major. He was also named to the All-ACC Academic team in both indoor and outdoor.

Cunningham was also tabbed as one of three ACC Postgraduate Scholars from FSU along with Joshua Kaindoh (football) and Dani Morgan (Softball).

The Winfield, Alabama, native was named to the Bowerman Award watch list in 2021. He was the 2021 ACC champion in the race with a time of 13.43 and was also the 60m hurdles champion in indoor (7.60), becoming the first student-athlete in ACC history to win four straight hurdles titles.

Cunningham went on to capture bronze at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (7.53), capturing his fourth-career All-American honor.

Prior to NCAAs, Cunningham picked up his second Indoor South Region Track Athlete of the year honor from the USTFCCCA after maintaining a No. 1 ranking in the 60m hurdles throughout the season.

Cunningham ran the second best time in school history in the 110m hurdles at the Tom Jones Invitational at 13.28, just missing the school record (13.27) that was set back in 1987 by Arthur Blake.

Despite facing injuries toward the end of the collegiate season, Cunningham finished fourth at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, where he ran a personal best in finals at 13.21.

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