Western Illinois track and field concluded another dominant weekend of competition, competing in the Drake Relays and the Kip Janvrin Invitational. The Leathernecks saw wins, personal records, and program records set to cap off a great weekend of competition. Fans can view the full results from the Drake Relays here and the Kip Janvrin Invitational here.
The huge story of the weekend was the big win in Des Moines, Iowa, for Ackeen Colley. Colley took first place in the men’s 800m at the Drake Relays with a time of 1:48.57 to take home the title at the biggest outdoor meet of the season. Colley is the first Leatherneck to win an event at the Drake Relays since Jennifer Gibson won the women’s shot put in 2006. Colley is the first WIU male athlete to win at the Drake Relays since Derek Huff won the decathlon in 1986.
“It was a historic weekend for the team,” said Head Coach Trey Brokaw. “Ackeen started it off by dominating the men’s invitational 800 field. It was the easiest 1:48 I’ve ever seen in my life. With better winds and a little more competition, Ackeen might be able to run 1:45 in the next few weeks. I’m so happy for him and couldn’t be prouder of the way he’s represented this University and track & field program as a student-athlete. What was truly amazing was his time was better than anyone in the professional 800m. Isaiah Jewett, who was an Olympian in 2021 won the professional 800m, but Ackeen’s time was faster.”
Western Illinois also competed in the men’s DMR at the Drake Relays and took 14th overall. The squad of Richard Brown on the 400, Lucas Hofer on the 800, Logan Lommel on the 1200, and Colley on the 1600 set the seventh-fastest time in school history in the event with a time of 10:03.97.
At the Kip Janvrin Invitational, Hofer took first place in the 800m with a time of 1:51.03 for his second career first-place finish and his first in the 800m. Hofer’s time was the second-fastest of his career and broke the Kip Janvrin meet record. Brown finished a few seconds behind Hofer at 1:53.62 to take eighth place.
“Lucas and Richard competed exceptionally well,” said Trey Brokaw. “Lucas had a stronger closing 100 meters which gave him the event title and meet record. Both those guys have put in a lot of work and it’s starting to show at just the right time.”
Lommel competed in his second career 3000m steeplechase at Kip Janvrin and took fourth overall with a time of 9:25.28. Lommel’s time is the seventh fastest in school history, and a 20 second improvement from his first 3000m steeplechase two weeks ago.
In the women’s 800m, Maleigha Huston took fifth with a time of 2:15.27. She has placed in the top five in the 800m in three of her five meets this season. Madison Trevena finished ninth in the 5000m with a time of 17:45.34, finishing 12 seconds better than her 5000m run at the Redbird Challenge. Paulina Wuestefeld broke her personal best in the 5000m at 17:56.46 to place 15th. Briza Dure had a top-10 placement in the 100m with a time of 12.37 seconds.
Jasmine Stokes had a career day in the hammer throw, breaking her personal record with a distance of 50.44m (165′ 5.9”) to place ninth.
“Jasmine had a great series in the hammer throw. She’s our women’s team captain and she’s done a fantastic job leading on and off the field,” said Trey Brokaw. “Coach Loomis has prepared her very well and I believe she has even bigger throws remaining this season. Her confidence is there and when an athlete has that, they can do anything they set their mind to.”
Western Illinois will be back competing in Madison, Wis., next Friday (May 6) when they compete in the Wisconsin Twilight, hosted by the University of Wisconsin.