LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant head cross country coach Katie Stanford has announced five additions to her 2016-17 programs to complete the recruiting class. Caroline Pepper, Anna Danek and Abbs Kern all join the women's side, while Caleb Keitt and Phil Carrenard are the two newcomers for the men's team.
Caroline Pepper - Kennesaw, Ga. - Harrison High School
Caroline Pepper is an honor roll student from Kennesaw, Ga., and just graduated from Harrison High School. She ran cross country and track all four years at Harrison and was a captain her senior year. In her last season of cross country, she had the highest GPA among seniors. Pepper holds personal bests of 22:03 in the 5k for cross country, 6:03 in the 1600, 13:26 in the 3200 and 2:45 in the 800 on the track.
Pepper chose Covenant College for the community, the family of the cross country team and knowing that she would learn more about Christ in the classroom. She wanted to be encouraged in her relationship with Christ and she knew that Covenant was the place for that.
She plans to major in Sociology with a minor in Spanish at Covenant.
Anna Danek - Blairsville, Ga. - Union County High School
Anna Danek is from Blairsville, Ga., where she attended Union County High School and ran cross country and track. Danek was also the Valedictorian of her class. In cross country, she has a personal record of 22:51 in the 5k. In track, Danek holds personal bests of 2:34 in the 800, 6:13 in the 1600 and 13:43 in the 3200.
Three of her older brothers have attended Covenant and it was her first choice to continue her education. "What stood out to me was how friendly the students and professors were and that Christ was definitely the center of all things done there," Danek said about her decision.
She plans to study Pre-Engineering at Covenant.
Abbs Kern - Lexington, Ky. - Trinity Christian Academy
Abbs Kern is from Lexington, Ky., and attended Trinity Christian Academy, where former Covenant standout Beth Burgess attended. Kern has been running cross country since the sixth grade and holds a personal best in the 5k at 27:15. She was the team captain for two years in high school and received the school's Determination Award during her career.
Academically, Kern has received numerous awards including the Art of Learning Award in French, English and Pre-Calculus, and had a national ranking in the National French Concord. Kern chose Covenant because she felt it was the perfect fit both spiritually and academically. "Covenant has been my dream school since my freshman year of high school," Kern added.
Kern plans to study Psychology and Music at Covenant.
Caleb Keitt - McDonough, Ga. - Ola High School
A native of McDonough, Ga., Caleb Keitt comes to Covenant from Ola High School where he ran both cross country and track. Keitt also participated in Junior Olympic Track and Field and was a national qualifier. He was team captain at Ola and received the Coach's and MVP award during his high school career.
Keitt's accomplishments in cross country and track are long. He was named the Wendy's High School Heisman for the McDonough area after his senior year. Keitt holds the school record in the 3000 meter at 10:02 and finished third in the county finals in the 800 with a time of 2:02 in his senior year. He also holds a personal best in the 5k at 17:14, 4:22 in the 1500, 25.94 in the 200 and 54.03 in the 400.
"I finalized on Covenant because financially, spiritually, and academically Covenant College worked best for my family," Keitt said about his decision to attend Covenant. "I love running and I always knew that I wanted to continue running while in college."
He plans to study Biology, with a pre-physical therapy concentration, at Covenant.
Phil Carrenard - Douglasville, Ga. - Harvester Christian Academy
Phil Carrenard comes from Douglasville, Ga., where he attended Harvester Christian Academy. At Harvester, Carrenard participated in track and field and also played soccer, and was selected to the 2016 All Star game. This past spring Phil placed second in the region in the 1600 meter and fourth in the state. In track, Carrenard holds personal bests of 2:27 in the 800 and 5:20 in the 1600.
"I believe that this school will give me the best opportunity to learn from a Christian worldview from a gifted teaching staff," Carrenard said. "Covenant has given me the opportunity to live out my passion for running through participating in track and cross country."
Carrenard plans to major in Psychology and minor in Spanish at Covenant.
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