Acklin comes from Iowa Central Community College, where as an assistant coach he helped the Tritons to seven NJCAA National Titles.
Day One on Friday will begin with the discus and long jump at 3 p.m., followed by the 10,000 meter run at 6 p.m.
Competition will begin at 10 a.m. at the SIU Recreation Center.
Former Saluki Bianca Stuart (Bahamas) and freshman Nikolai Gall (Barbados) will compete at the IAAF World Championships and Pan-Am Junior Athletics Championships both in August, respectively.
Overall, Southern claimed four MVC titles and 21 All-MVC honorees.
MVC Champion, 400m (Outdoor)
Won two 400 meter dashes outdoors (Joey Haines Invite, MVC Championship)...400m personal best of 47.55 set at the MVC Outdoor Championships qualified him for the Pan-Am Junior Athletics Championships for Team Barbados...Participated in two events (400m, 4x400) in seven meets indoors and four events (200m, 400m, 4x100, 4x400) seven meets outdoors...Notched seven top-three finishes.
Born April 30, 1994 in Bridgetown, Barbados.