AZUSA, Calif. – Maudie Skyring has been waiting all season for the opportunity which presented itself Friday night in the 1500-meter run at the Brian Clay Invitational.
The junior from Australia embraced the race strategy, fast field and carnival atmosphere in the second heat at Azusa Pacific’s Cougar Stadium and delivered her third personal-best performance of the season. Skyring’s runner-up finish in 4:16.12 marked a 2.5-second improvement over her week-old previous-best and stood up as the 12th-fastest time on the night; sixth-best among collegians.
“It went really well,” Skyring said, still beaming 30 minutes after her performance. “Coach [Kelly Phillips] told me to get up there in the first 3-5 [positions] because we had a pacer and I didn’t want to be in second and have to lead once the pacer dropped out. I executed that really well. I set back in fourth or fifth and held that position the whole way through the race.
“I felt really good the last 150 [meters] and just gave it everything and came around a couple there at the end and finished second.”
Skyring’s performance was one of three personal-bests on the day for Phillips’ group and the sixth in 10 opportunities over two days of competition.
Ellie Wallace also recorded a 1500-meter personal-best (4:31.96), as did Madison Harris in the 800 (2:09.26). Jodie Judd was just two-tenths of a second off her best 1500-meter time, finishing in 4:22.09.
In addition to the women, senior Istvan Szogi delivered a commanding performance in the first heat of the men’s 1500, charging into the lead with just over a lap remaining and running away for the victory in 3:50.36.
Still, it was Skyring’s performance, just outside a spot on FSU’s prestigious top-10 list, that stole the show. She now owns the top 1500 time in the ACC and the ninth-best in the NCAA this season.
“All season I’ve been trying to put a race together like this, but I haven’t had the opportunity,” she said. “I’m really excited to be in a field like this and be able to run what I thought I was capable of. I finally got to put it all together.
“Now it’s championship season, so I’ll have a lot of good races, but they’ll be more tactical and stuff. I might not have the opportunity to run as fast, so I’m glad I got it done today.”
The Seminoles also produced four more top-eight finishes between the action at the Long Beach Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays.
Freshman Trentorria Green stayed the course on her season of progressive improvement, placing second in the college section of the women’s long jump at the Beach Invitational. The former East Gadsden High star capped a strong series with a personal-best mark of 5.83 meters (19-1.50) in the only event for the Noles at Jack Rose Stadium on Friday.
Over at El Camino College’s Murdock Stadium, redshirt junior Ashley Miller nabbed a spot in the final of the 100-meter hurdles on time (13.75), then followed up with a season-best time of 13.53 to place sixth in the final from an initial field of 32 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Junior Kyle Fearrington was just off his season-best in the 400-meter dash, but a strong closing 100 secured a seventh-place finish in 47.08 on a breezy and cool day. Calvin Golson was 25th overall in 48.25 against a field of 54.
Senior Michael Hall put a cap on the Mt. SAC Relays action with a strong showing in his first 3000-meter steeplechase of the season. One year removed from his event debut at the same venue, Hall placed eighth overall in the invitational section, finishing in 8:59.02. Just four seconds off his personal-best, Hall is virtually assured a spot in the NCAA postseason.
The Noles will have a busy Saturday between the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational, as the elite athletes pull the curtain on a busy weekend around Greater Los Angeles.
FSU’s hurdlers and women’s sprinters will match up against the best at El Camino College. The women’s 4×100 relay will get things started at 4:15 p.m. (ET), followed by Cortney Jones (100 hurdles), Trey Cunningham and Tyricke Highman in the 110 hurdles.
Among the other highly-anticipated events will be the women’s discus, where second-ranked Shanice Love will face a challenging field, and Ka’Tia Seymour leading three Noles women in the invitational 200.
At Long Beach, long jumpers Jacore Irving, Rougui Sow and Jogaile Petrokaite will get things started in the Gold section of the men’s and women’s events at 3:10 p.m. (ET). Eleonora Omoregie is the No. 2 seed in the women’s high jump (4:40 p.m.), while senior All-American Armani Wallace will make his outdoor season debut in the triple jump.
The Mt. SAC Relays will also be streamed live by Runnerspace.com noles.co/2Pgkzra.