LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant cross country head coach Katie Stanford has announced the addition of six runners to her 2015 men's and women's programs.
Juliette Henry - Barnesville, Ga. - Lamar County High School
Henry competed in cross country and track all four years at Lamar County High School. She has a personal best time of 22:52 in the 5k and 6:32 in the 1600.
"The environment of Covenant is different than any other college I have visited; the atmosphere created by the students is saturated with Christian fellowship," Henry said about her decision to attend Covenant. "The principle Covenant has of teaching each subject area from a Christian worldview; this is important to me because I want more in depth teaching of the Bible as a foundation for my life."
She is looking forward to training on the mountain and getting to know her new teammates. Henry plans to major in Education.
Hannah Samuels - Dothan, Ala. - Providence Christian School
Samuels ran cross country for five years at Providence Christian School. She holds a personal best in the 5k of 20:57. As a junior, she won the Wiregrass Cross Country championship in Dothan and in her senior year was named the Female Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Dothan Eagle newspaper.
Samuels said she chose Covenant because of the Christian community and is looking forward to her time at Covenant helping her grow a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. "I also want to continue to be involved on a team that focuses on building each other up through Christ," Samuels added.
She plans to major in Business or Mathematics.
Lilly Smith - Weaverville, N.C. - Homeschooled
Although Smith did not run on a school cross country team, she has been running since she was 15 and has competed in several 5k, 8k and 10k road races. She has a personal best time of 24:33 in the 5k.
Smith chose Covenant because of the "education from a Christian perspective, the opportunity to run cross country and pursue music, and the sunrises." She is looking forward to being coached in running for the first time and being part of a team.
Smith will be majoring in Biology with a minor in Music.
Reed Vaughn - Cumming, Ga. - South Forsyth High School
Vaughn was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams at South Forsyth High School all four years. He has personal best times of 16:04 in the 5k, 10:13 in the 3200, 4:40 in the 1600, 2:02 in the 800 and 7:07 in the 2000 meter steeplechase. He was the team captain of the cross country team his senior season and earned first team All-Region honors.
Vaughn helped lead his team to the 6A state meet all four years he competed. He was also a member of the 2013 region champion track team his sophomore season.
"I feel like Covenant College was the best choice for me and my attitude toward running," Vaughn said of his decision to come to Covenant. "I wished to attend a college where I would be positively influenced throughout my athletic career and pushed to my greatest potential."
He plans on majoring in Sport Administration with a Coaching minor.
Nathan Bierema - Glenside, Pa. - Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy
Bierema ran cross country and track for four years at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. His personal best times include: 18:07 in the 5k, 11:30 in the 3200 meter, 5:19 in the 1600 and 2:16 in the 800. He received the Runner of the Year award for his team his senior year of cross country.
Bierema chose Covenant because he enjoys the atmosphere of the college and the closeness of the community. He is also looking forward to racing the longer distances at the college level.
Bierema plans to major in Computer Science.
Josh Humphreys - Carlsbad, Calif. - La Costa Canyon High School
Humphreys was a four-year competitor on both the cross country and track teams at La Costa Canyon High School. He holds personal record times of 16:34 in the 3-mile, 4:47 in the 1600 meter and 2:07 in the 800.
"I chose Covenant because it is a place where I can receive a great education and grow in my faith with the Lord," Humphreys said. "The campus is beautiful and I'm looking forward to training there."
He will major in Computer Science.
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