Former Saluki Gwen Berry wins USA Indoor Championship weight throw title

    Gwen Berry was a two-time All-American during her time at Southern Illinois (2008-11).

    Gwen Berry was a two-time All-American during her time at Southern Illinois (2008-11).

    March 9, 2013

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Former Saluki track and field athlete Gwen Berry, throwing for Nike and New York Athletic Club, recently won the USA Indoor Championship in the weight throw with the world's top throw of 24.70m (81-00.50), on March 2 at the USA Indoor Championships.

    The two-time All-American bested six-time USA indoor champion Amber Campbell and tied her world-best throw for indoor competition in 2013. Berry's throw is three feet off the world record in the women's weight throw, held by former teammate Brittany Riley (25.56m/83-10.25) in 2007 as a Saluki. Another former Saluki, three-time national champion Jeneva McCall, finished third at the championships throwing for New York Athletic Club.

    Berry told this to USA Track and Field following her victory: "I went in there confident and knowing that I prepared for war, and I threw hard and didn't let my nerves get in the way. It means a lot to me to win, and it gives me the confidence to know that I can possibly make this year's outdoor world team. I missed the Olympic team and last world team by a spot, so I'm just ready to breakthrough."

     

     

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