By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay runner Kelsi Ogilvie is joining her sister at Southeastern University.
Ogilvie signed a national letter of intent on Tuesday to run cross country with the Fire for the next four years. The signee will be teammates with her sister Sydni as well as current Lemon Bay classmate Kristen Robinson.
Robinson signed with Southeastern last Tuesday.
“I was looking at Southeastern from the very beginning because of my sister and I told (Robinson) about it and she went and visited it and she was obviously really into it too. It’s nice that we’ll have another four years together,” Ogilvie said.
Ogilvie will get to spend a year as teammates with her sister Sydni, who will be a senior next season. She says her relationship with her sister played a big role in her decision as she developed a relationship with the Southeastern coaches through her sister.
“My sister goes there and there are a lot of good girls on the team. I’m hoping next year we’ll have a pretty decent team. I trust the coaches since Sydni is there and I like just how they train,” Ogilvie said.
Ogilvie chose Southeastern over North Florida and Army. The decision to join the Fire instead of heading to West Point was an extremely tough decision for Ogilvie, considering Army is a Division I school.
“West Point was obviously a big thing since it’s D-I so that was obviously high on my list,” Ogilvie said. “They were there with Southeastern pretty much until the end and there were obviously a lot of advantages to that. But knowing that Southeastern is a Christian school was the No. 1 thing.”
Ogilvie placed 11th at the Class 2A cross country state meet this past fall and recently medaled at the state track & field meet on Saturday on Lemon Bay’s 4×800 relay team, which placed sixth in Class 2A.
Southeastern is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It’s located in Lakeland and houses just under 6,000 students.