OGDEN -- The Weber State women's team was picked to win the 2013 Big Sky Conference indoor track and field title, according to a preseason vote of the league's head coaches released Thursday by the conference.
The WSU men's team was picked fourth in the preseason poll.
Weber State won the 2012 indoor title by one point over Sacramento State. In this year's preseason poll, the Wildcats were picked to win the title by one point once again over the Hornets. WSU received five first-place votes for 114 points. Sacramento State was picked second with 113 points, and six first-place votes. The Hornets won indoor titles in 2010 and 2011.
Northern Arizona was picked third in the poll, followed by Portland State, Southern Utah, Montana and Montana State. The Big Sky now includes 11 schools with the additions this year of North Dakota and Southern Utah.
The Wildcats are coached by Jim Blaisdell who is in his 31st season as head coach at Weber State. The WSU women's team took first in the indoor meet last season and finished fourth in the outdoor championships.
Weber State is coming off one of the greatest cross country seasons in school history where the Wildcats won the Big Sky and Mountain region titles and finished 17th at the NCAA championships.
On the men's side, the Wildcats were picked fourth in the league standings, totaling 88 points. NAU received nine first-place votes and had 119 points, followed by Montana State and Sacramento State.
Eastern Washington was picked fifth, followed by Southern Utah, Idaho State and Montana.
Head coach Dan Walker returns for his seventh season as head coach of the Wildcats. Weber State finished fifth at the indoor meet and took third in the outdoor championships. The Wildcats were second at this year's Big Sky cross country meet.
Weber State begins the 2013 indoor season Jan. 11-12 at the Idaho State Snake River Open, one of five meets before the Big Sky championships, which will be held Feb. 22-23 in Bozeman, Mont.