Weber State opens its 2012 indoor track and field season competing at the annual Snake River Open today and Saturday.
Teams and partial teams from throughout the intermountain area are expected to be on hand.
WSU women's coach Jim Blaisdell begins his 31st season at the helm. Blaisdell returns 23 lettermen off of last year's team which finished fourth at the 2011 Big Sky Conference indoor championship.
The Wildcats are picked to finish second this year.
"I am excited about this team," said Blaisdell. "We only have five seniors, but we have a great deal of experience, especially in our middle and long distance runners."
WSU men's coach Dan Walker begins his sixth season as head coach. Walker returns 12 lettermen from last year's team which finished fourth in the 2011 Big Sky meet.
The WSU men were picked to finish third in the 2012 coaches preseason poll behind NAU and Sacramento State.
"Everyone on the team has been working out since the first of September, so it's always a thrilling time when the season finally gets under way," said Walker. "We don't have the quantity of athletes most teams have in our conference, but I believe we do have some quality athletes."