By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay’s Kristen Robinson will soon be off and running to Southeastern University.
Robinson signed a national letter of intent Thursday to continue her cross country career with the Fire. The fact that it’s a smaller school with a religious background attracted Robinson to the campus.
“I just felt really comfortable there,” Robinson said. “I went and visited it three times. I have friends that are there so I’ve been there a few times. I liked the atmosphere and all the professors and felt comfortable with them. It was the only school that got me excited to go to college.”
Academics also played a big role in Robinson’s decision. She plans to major in finance at Southeastern.
“I’m definitely very academically driven so that’s going to be my main focus and main priority,” Robinson said. “I got to sit down with the head of the finance department and he had a lot of good things to say about their program and what they had to offer. I definitely was very impressed with it.”
Robinson was a state qualifier for Lemon Bay’s cross country team this past fall, finishing 26th in Class 2A. She also qualified for this weekend’s Class 2A track & field state meet, where she’ll compete in the 3200-meter race and on Lemon Bay’s 4×800 relay team.
Southeastern is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It’s located in Lakeland and houses just under 6,000 students.
Robinson’s teammate, Kelsi Ogilvie, will be joining Robinson at Southeastern this fall. Ogilvie will sign her NLOI on Tuesday.