LEARN A LION: 10 Questions with Christean Covington

LEARN A LION: 10 Questions with Christean Covington

Wed, Oct. 29, 2014 - [Men's Cross Country]

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Every Wednesday throughout the school year, a Freed-Hardeman student-athlete will be featured as part of the "Learn A Lion" series.

Christean Covington is a senior on the men's cross country team.  He has been one of the most successful runners in program history, holding the school record for the best time in an 8k race.  His senior year has unfortunately been severely hampered by an injury, but it has done little to dampen his spirits.  The native of Pelman, Ala., talks about how God led him to Freed-Hardeman, his sword named Excaliber and hitting his coach in the face with a burger.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love to Nerf. And I have a sword named Excalibur.

What do you like to do away from cross country?
I absolutely love to watch movies with cotton candy or twizzlers. Either that or eat at Gano.

What do you plan to do after college?
I plan, Lord willing, to go do my graduate studies at Harding University for missions.

What race do you consider to be the best race of my career?
I would definitely have to say this past one at Mississippi College (10/18/14). My whole family got to see me run and on top of that, my two younger brothers got to run unattached with me pacing them. It was awesome, and it was really cool to see God use something bad like my injury and turn it into something amazing where I was able to help my two younger brothers.

Complete the sentence: If I was not running cross country in college, I would be…
Sleeping. Definitely sleeping.

What’s your best Coach Spradlin story that won’t get you in trouble?
Wow, there are literally so many that I’m laughing about already. I suppose the one that I know Coach would remember would be last year: so there we were, eating at Wendy’s after a tough, harsh race in the elements. Coach is sitting a table down with three other fellow teammates. I look down at the last of my three dollar-menu double-patties and I instantly know what to do. My mind whispers no, but my hand screams yes…so I take the burger, unwrap it, and let it fly. Coach’s face turns red, not only because of the clear fury, but because of the extra ketchup I graciously asked for. That was the moment I realized why God blessed me with the talent to run. And run I did.

Why did you choose to come to FHU?
It’s a really long story, and a big part of my life and testimony, as well. But the main reason is because I knew it would help me do what God really wanted me to do. He wanted me to live my life for Him. He didn’t want me to live my life serving me, but Him. So I chose FHU because I knew that by running cross country, it would help me study and put the best tools in my belt to serve Him. It’s all about Him. All about Jesus.

What has been your favorite class?
That’s a tough question, as well, but I would have to go with Christian Evidences with Ralph Gilmore. I’ve learned a lot about the God I love and how to defend my faith with reason, logic, and the creation around me.

What activities do you participate in outside of athletics?
I’m going to be really cliché and say “hanging with my friends and watching movies and laughing.” Friends are one of God’s greatest blessings in life, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to make memories and help each other get to Heaven.

How long have you been running cross country?
I’ve been running since 7th grade, so I guess this is my 10th year. I’m glad it hasn’t killed me yet.