GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As a last prep before the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship, the University of North Dakota will host its first indoor meet since 1985, the UND Indoor Tune-Up, on Saturday at the UND Athletics High Performance Center.
“This meet is a huge step in the right direction,” said head coach Kevin Galbraith. “With the High Performance Center up and running, this is the first step towards hosting bigger and more frequent events.”
UND will be hosting teams from Concordia, Minot State, Manitoba, and University of Mary, as well as individual participants from North Dakota State.
“We purposely wanted it smaller and friendly with local competitors,” said Galbraith. “The competition will provide good energy and the meet will be more controlled while we break the building in.”
With the removal of conference qualifying standards, some athletes will be looking to prove they are ready to compete at the conference meet next weekend. Others will be competing to keep the momentum going.
Sophomore Kyley Foster broke the school record in the pole vault last week at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic. Foster hit a mark of 12 feet, 11.50 inches (3.95) and now sits at the top spot in the conference.
“Kyley is competing to prevent getting cold,” said Galbraith. “She is on a roll and she has the potential to hit 13 feet this weekend. That would give her even more confidence heading into conference next week.”
Also looking to keep her momentum going is Molly Griep. Griep’s mark of 60-09.50 (18.53) was her season-best, which she hit last weekend at the South Dakota State Indoor Classic. She currently sits in the fourth spot in the conference standings.
Looking to get one last race in before conference are Blake Hollingsworth and Megan Kienholz. Both athletes will be competing in shorter distance events. Hollingsworth will compete in the 200-meter instead of the 400-meter. Kienholz will compete in the 600-meter instead of the 800-meter.
Standout sprinters Heather Harrower and Tyler Olson will take the weekend to rest as they prepare for conference. Redshirt athletes Natasha Brown, Stephanie Clarke, and Tianna McKinney will be competing unattached.
The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the women’s weight throw and the long jump. There will be a 60-meter “Junior Hawks Dash” for kids at 1:50 p.m.