The Weber State men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Bozeman, Mont., this weekend to compete for the Big Sky Conference championship.
While the men's team is young and growing, the women's team expects to compete for the conference title this morning in Bozeman.
The return of Amber Henry from a foot injury gives coach Paul Pilkington hope for a quality showing from the defending conference champion women's team.
"We've got Amber in the lineup and Kelsey (Braithwaite) healthy, and that makes us a much much better team than we've been all year," Pilkington said.
The Wildcats have won the last two Big Sky championships on the women's side. They are not shying away from the high expectations that come with their past success.
"The girls expect to win, and I expect them to go in there and run like they're defending champions," Pilkington said.
The men's team will have an uphill battle with Nothern Arizona the heavy favorite. The Lumberjacks are ranked second in the nation and should win the Big Sky meet fairly easily but Pilkington expects the men to go to Bozeman and compete hard.
"Realistically, we'd like to be in the top half of the meet," Pilkington said. "We've got Brett Lechtenberg back from injury so that should help."
Henry has won back-to-back individual conference championships and hopes to compete again this year despite not having run yet this season. Pilkington thinks Henry's resilience will help her compete for it again today.
The Wildcats will run again at the NCAA Mountain Regional, which will be hosted by Weber State on Nov. 15.