Darnell earned Elite 18 Award at MVC Championships
Ashley Gaston (discus) and Luke James (triple jump) won individual MVC titles on Sunday, and Josh Freeman (MVC Most Outstanding Field Athlete) and Sadie Darnell (Elite 18) were recognized as MVC award recipients.
Cherry is the first Saluki since Bryan Mullins to earn both the MVC and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Now a former Saluki accounting major, Cherry held a GPA of 3.975 and was named All-MVC twice in his career in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Now a former Saluki accounting major, Cherry held a GPA of 3.972 and was named All-MVC twice in his career in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
2012 MVC Outdoor Championships
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner, an award worth $7,500 toward graduate coursework given annually by the NCAA to 174 student-athletes nationwide...MVC Emerson Excellence Award winner, a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship awarded to four Valley student-athletes each year...MVC Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award winner, which is given to two Valley student-athletes each year who display academic excellence, athletic prowess and a proven record of community service and leadership...MVC Leadership and Service Award recipient, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and community service...Participated in four meets in two different events (mile, 800m) during the indoor season, and ran in three events (3000 meter steeplechase, 1500m, 4x1600m) in five meets during the outdoor season...Won the 3000 meter steeplechase at the prestigious Kansas Relays on April 19...Won mile run at SIU Invitational on Feb. 2.
MVC Elite 18 winner...Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team...Named Capital One Academic All-District...Was an All-MVC member in 3000m steeplechase in the outdoor season, where he finished third with a time of 9:06.94...Competed in three different events in five meets during the indoor season (Mile, 3000m, 800m)...Three combined top-ten finishes...Competed in two events in five meets during the outdoor season (1500m and 3000s)...Notched five top-five finishes, including a victory in the 3000m steeplechase at the Ole Miss Invitational where he clocked in at 9:25.57.
Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 honoree...Competed in five meets in each the indoor and outdoor season...Earned nine top-five finishes...Placed first in the steeplechase at the Joey Haines Invitational...Participated in the MVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in four events...All-MVC performer in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Competed in six indoor and six outdoor events during the season...Qualified for the USATF Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where he finished ninth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:28.38...Won the steeplechase at the Ole Miss Invitational...Finished second in the mile run at the McDonald's Invitational...Recorded a season-low steeplechase time of 9:16.71 at the prestigious Jesse Owens Track Classic.
Was named the Southern Illinoisan Runner of the Year as a junior and senior...Won conference and regional championships twice in cross country...Captured a sectional title in cross country as a senior...Set the school record for 3200m, while also winning the conference and sectional title in the 3200 and 1600...Finished second at state as a senior in 3200...Has a personal best time of 9:26.14 in the 3200m...Only participated in track two years.
Majoring in accounting and minoring in business management...Born on Jan. 1, 1991...Son of Doug and Lisa Cherry...Has five brothers and four sisters...Participated in mission trips to four different nations.