Gwen Berry wins second-consecutive USATF indoor weight throw title

    Former Saluki Gwen Berry has now won two straight USATF indoor weight throw national titles.

    Former Saluki Gwen Berry has now won two straight USATF indoor weight throw national titles.

    Feb. 22, 2014

    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Four former Saluki track and field stars competed at the U.S. Track and Field Indoor Championships, including thrower Gwen Berry-- who won her second-straight weight throw national title on Saturday.

    Berry, the 2013 U.S. weight throw champion and a 2010 All-American in the hammer throw, took her second national title in as many years on a winning throw of 23.82m (78-01.75). Behind Berry was fellow former Saluki Jeneva McCall, who finished third for the second year in a row at 23.16m (76-00.00). Berry and McCall own the top-two marks in the world in 2014.

    On the men's side, SIU was represented by five-time All-American and 2012 NCAA weight throw runner-up J.C. Lambert. Lambert finished as the runner-up in the weight throw with a launch of 23.05m (75-07.50), a season-best for Lambert that currently ranks as the third-best in the country and the fourth-best worldwide in 2014.

    Malaikah Love also competed, finishing eighth in the triple jump at 12.88m (42-03.25).

    On Sunday, McCall will compete in the shot put at 1:20 p.m. MT.


     

     

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