Southern sealed the deal on Sunday with extraordinary performances in the men's pole vault and discus.
SIU scored 48 total points from the men's and women's shot put alone.
The MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Illinois State in Normal, Ill., on May 15-17.
Southern will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 16-18, Walnut, Calif.), Beach Invitational (April 17-18, Norwalk, Calif.) and Bryan Clay Invitational (April 17, Azusa, Calif.).
Saunders' winning toss of 17.70m (58-01.00) broke the outdoor American Junior record, which had stood since 1991.
Earned first of 40 in shot put at the GVSU Big Meet with a 16.37m throw...Placed seventh in shot put at the MVC Indoor Championships with a 16.37m mark...Finished in the top-10 for shot put and weight throw nine times throughout the indoor season...Placed ninth in discus at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic with a 42.68m throw...Threw his farthest in shot put to place fifth at the Friday Night Special with a 16.52m mark...Competed in shot put and weight throw in eight indoor meets...MVC Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to SIU
Competed at Rend Lake College for two years...Three-time NJCAA All-American in the shot put...Four-time NJCAA national qualifier...NJCAA Academic All-American...Broke the Rend Lake shot put record his freshman year (16.37m/53-08.50).
Track and field MVP all four years at Hamilton County High School...Placed second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the state meet his senior year...Holds three school records: indoor shot put (58-09.75), outdoor shot put (57-04.00) and discus (168-05).
Born Feb. 12, 1993, to Joseph and Beverly Stewart...Father is a farmer and his mother is a teacher...Has a twin sister, Laura...Majoring in agribusiness economics.