Tony Tate scored three touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return, and Justin Nutof intercepted a pass in the closing seconds to help Western Illinois beat Youngstown State 27-24 on Saturday night to snap an 8-game losing. The Leathernecks (1-5, 1-5 Missouri Valley Conference) won for the first time since beating South Dakota 38-34 on November 2, 2019.
Some were weeks removed from their last meet and others were pushing a month, but it didn’t matter. It was back to business as usual for the Western Illinois track and field program that earned a pair of event wins and 10 total ‘Top 10’ finishes at the Joey Haines Invite Saturday (April 3). Amelia Peterson and Ackeen Colley left the meet as victors in the triple jump and 1,500-meter run, respectively, and also stamped their names in Western’s record books. Western Illinois will split meets at the Joe Walker Invitational (April 9-10) and EIU Big Blue (April 10) next week.
Matched up again on Saturday (April 3) for two final outings, Western Illinois softball (11-19, 2-6) and South Dakota State (23-4, 8-0) started the afternoon in an intense game one duel. The Jackrabbits took a 3-2 decision to begin day two before piecing a 7-0 shutout in the series closer. In a 72-hour turnaround, Western will be on the road for a Tuesday doubleheader at Drake. The day’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.