CROSS COUNTRY: Ogilvie wins regional title, leads Lemon Bay girls to states

By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports

LAKELAND — There was no surprise at the top of the leaderboard for Lemon Bay at the Region 2A-3 meet Friday morning.

Kelsi Ogilvie outran everyone for the second straight week and nearly hit the finish line before the sun finished rising over Holloway Park.

The senior finished with a time of 19 minutes, 27.47 seconds to take home the individual championship, adding another accolade to her already stellar season for the Manta Rays. Right behind her was teammate Maddison Welch, who was neck and neck with Lakewood’s Hannah McAuliffe in the closing stretch, but beat her in a sprint to the finish line for second inf 19:43.96.

“This is awesome. I’m really excited,” Ogilvie said. ‘This was my goal coming in here to be regional champ, and I knew Hannah and Maddison would be close. I thought we’d all be close in the race, but I knew how to push myself in the beginning.”

The surprise came with the team totals, where Lemon Bay came in third with a score of 92, just two points behind Berkeley Preparatory. The Academy of Holy Names finished first with 72.

Kristen Robinson was the third Manta Ray to cross the finish line, grabbing fifth place with a time of 20:06.83. But Lemon Bay’s next runner, Megan Carley didn’t cross the finish line until much later to take 40th in 23:01.88.
Following Carley was Chloe Mitchell (55th), Audrey Werden (56th) and Shannon Futch (61st).

“We were hoping for no worse than second but we only lost by two points,” Lemon Bay coach Joe Casale said. “I think nerves might’ve gotten to the back half of the girls a little bit. It’s not that they did bad, I just think it bothered them, and the nerves got to them a little bit and maybe they were a little anxious and didn’t finish as well as we were hoping for.

“Still, third place and we’re going to states and that was the objective.”

Ogilvie set a school record last week with an 18:48 effort in the district meet, but ran slower Friday morning due to an up-and-down course, which had multiple hills. But Lemon Bay coach Tom Trealout said Ogivie still ran at the same pace she normally does, evident by the fact that no runner was even close to her for most of the race.

The course was said to be 30-35 seconds slower.

“She ran the way she did at districts. She was out and she took command,” the coach said. “I knew there was more left in her, and I think there was more left in her at the end of the race. She was all by herself and it’s so hard to do that by yourself so for her to do what she did the last two weeks is pretty impressive.

“That’s no surprise. We trained her to run a lot faster so we know there’s more left in the tank.”

at Holloway Park
Team standings
1. Academy of the Holy Names 71; 2. Berkeley Preparatory School 90; 3. Lemon Bay 92; 4. Lely 105; 5. LaBelle 123; 5. Frostproof 123; 7. Immokalee 195; 8. Clearwater Central Catholic 214; 9. Southeast 280; 10. McKeel Academy of Technology 290; 11. Avon Park 298; 12. Tampa Catholic 324; 13. DeSoto County 345.
Top Individuals
1. Kelsi Ogilvie (LB) 19:27.47; 2. Maddison Welch (LB) 19:43.96; 3. Hannah McAuliffe (LW) 19:45.64; 4. Cristal Gomez (FP) 19:57.35; 5. Kristen Robinson (LB) 20:86.43; 6. Maura Poling (L) 20:28.31; 7. Ryenn Hart (L) 20:37.99; 8. Emma Zazzero (AOT) 20:40.18; 9. Emily Vargas (AP) 20:45.80; 10. Gabriella Rybinski (FP) 20:54.32; 11. Morgan Graff (AOT) 21:00; 12. Isabel Aguilar (FP) 21:05.15; 13. Emma Righter (BP) 21:10.46; 14. Esmeralda Rodriguez (LBE) 21:22.93; 15. Katelyn Bryant (C) 21:34.91.
Lemon Bay: 1. Kelsi Ogilvie 19:27.47; 2. Maddison Welch 19:43.96; 5. Kristen Robinson 20:86.43; 40. Megan Carley 23:01.88; 55. Chloe Mitchell 24:12.58; 56. Audrey Werden 24:15.80; 61. Shannon Futch 24:27.29.

Team standings
1. Lely 84; 2. Dunbar 94; 3. Immokalee 99; 4. LaBell 103; 5. McKeel Academy of Technology 130; 6. Berkeley Preparatory School 130; 7. Frostproof 192; 8. Lakewood 203; 9. Avon Park 220; 10. Lake Wales 252; 11. Clearwater Central Catholic 282; 12. Lemon Bay 297; 13. Jefferson 298; 14. Brooks DeBartolo 393.
Top Individuals
1. Paul Stafford (LW)16:01.17; 2. Joshua Wagner (L) 16:27.57; 3. Antonio Gomez (FP) 16:30.38; 4. Dylan Branch (AP) 16:37.52; 5. Yoan Prado (LBE) 16:48.54; 6. Leonel Ochoa (BP) 16:54.28; 7. Brendon Herrera (LBE) 17:05.70; 8. Ragene Smith (GIBBS) 17:33.18; 9. Alan Romero (Sarasota Military Academy); 10. Mackenson Yrelus (IM) 17:36.53; 11. Trevor McDaniel (DB) 17:36.73; 12. Ralph Claude 9DB) 17:41.30; 13. Gaby Fraifer (BP) 17:44.28; 14. Zackary Durastanti (Hardee) 17:44.57; 15. Mohammed Haitham (LW) 17:45.35.
Lemon Bay: 32. Henry Finck 18:30.59; 55. Tyler Morgan 19:22.41; 77. Harley Rusher 20:01.93; 87. Joshua Steelman 20:36.76; 89. Ameer Diab 20.46.83; 90. Colton Montgomery 20:49.19; 96. John Blount 21:13.88.

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