This is the second straight season the Saluki men have been tabbed to take the Valley crown.
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.
Southern has two Scholar-Athletes with 4.0 GPAs, more than any other Valley school.
Last updated January 9, 2013
2012: Named MVC Scholar-Athlete...Ran in five meets for Southern...Finished in the top-30 twice...Best finish of 11th came at the Saluki Invitational on Sep. 22...Best time in the 8K came at the Bradley Classic on Oct. 12 with a time of 25:15.
2011: Competed in four meets for the Salukis...Notched two top-ten finishes with his best finish coming at the Saluki Invitational, where he finished fifth with a time of 26:10.9.
2010: Competed in all seven events during the 2010 season...Won the SIU Early Bird with a time of 19:38.40...Also took top ten finishes at the EIU Panther Open (third) and the Saluki Invitational (sixth)...Set a personal-best 8K time at the Bradley Classic with a time of 25:09.00, good for 35th place...Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.
2009: Participated in one event during the 2009 season, where he finished seventh at the Saluki Early Bird with a time of 19:51.3.
High School: Named Runner of the year as a junior and senior by the Southern Illinoisan...Won the South Seven conference championship in cross country both years, while also capturing regional titles in both years...As a senior, won the sectional title and finished second at state in the 3200m, while Carbondale as a team finished 10th...Also participated in basketball.
Personal: Born January 1, 1991...Major is undecided business...Son of Doug and Lisa Cherry...Father is a financial planner and a pastor...Is one of ten children in his family.