Josh Freeman (shot put), Ashley Gaston (discus, shot put), Kyle Landon (high jump), Alexus Scott (shot put) and Curtis Wideman (hammer throw) will each represent Southern at the national meet.
Including SIU, four Valley schools will be in competition at the Redbird Invitational.
Southern swept the 3000 meter steeplechase and won the women's 1500 and 5000 meter runs.
Both Curtis Wideman and Ashley Gaston led SIU with fourth-place finishes in the hammer on Thursday.
Day One will begin for SIU with the women's hammer at 3 p.m. CDT.
Updated July 14, 2011
2010-11:Earned Second-Team All-America honors in the shot put by finishing 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...Also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the hammer throw...Qualified for the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw, finishing sixth...Earned Second-Team All-America honors in the weight throw with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship...Earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in four events -- outdoors in the hammer throw and shot put, and indoors in the weight throw and shot put...Won the MVC title in the outdoor shot put...was named MVC Field Athlete of the Week three times...Placed third or better in 21 events, with five event wins combined in indoor and outdoor competition...Named USTFCCA Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year during the indoor season...Posted the nation's longest marks for the season with career-bests in the weight throw (74-06.25 at the Gladstein Invitational) and hammer throw (231-04 at the Drake Relays), both of which rank second in school history...Also improved to a career-best of 55-09.00 in the outdoor shot put at the MVC Championships, which ranks second in SIU history...Named to the MVC Scholar Athlete Team...Was honored as SIU's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
2009-10:Earned All-American honors in the hammer throw, while also qualifying for the USATF Junior Championships and the NACAC Championships team in the same event...Qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships in the weight throw and shot put...Also earned a spot in the NCAA West Regionals in the shot put...Earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the hammer throw, in addition to the indoor and outdoor shot put...Shattered a then personal record in the indoor weight throw with a toss of 67-02.25 at the SASF Invitational...Currently ranks second in the indoor shot put with a throw of 53-05.75 at the EIU Friday Night Special.
2008-09:Was named to the All-MVC team and the Scholar-Athlete teams...Advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw, finishing 11th...Captured conference title with a 19.61m throw at the MVC Indoor Championships, which ranks as the fourth longest throw in SIU history...Finished 17th at the NCAA National Championships in the hammer throw, while advancing to the NCAA Mid-East Regionals in the shot put.
2007-08:Competed in 11 meets as a freshman...Recorded 20 Top 10 finishes during the 2007-08 season...Participated in six events at the 2008 MVC Indoor Championships...Placed fourth at Junior Nationals in the hammer (175-06)...Posted a career best in the triple jump (39-02.50) at the MVC Outdoor Championships...Finished seventh (shot) and fifth (triple jump), respectively, in those events.
High School:Named to second team St. Louis All-Area as a senior...Was McCluer High School's sectional triple jump champion as both a sophomore and junior...Set school records in the triple jump as a sophomore, junior and senior...Established a personal best 37-05 in the triple jump...Earned scholar-athlete honors as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Gwendolyn Denise Berry...Majors in psychology and criminal justice...Born June 29, 1989...Daughter of Michael Berry and Laura Hayes.