GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota hosts its first indoor home meet of the season on Friday and Saturday when it holds the annual UND Indoor Open at the UND Athletics High Performance Center.
Nearly 400 student-athletes totaling 649 entries will be competing in the meet, representing area schools UND, Bemidji State, Concordia College, Dickinson State, Jamestown, Minot State, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Manitoba, Mary and Valley City State.
It is the second straight year has hosted the event since opening the High Performance Center and UND head coach Kevin Galbraith said his program is chomping at the bit.
“Our kids will throw well and jump well because they’re at home. It’s great for athletes to have a home event because we are on the road so much,” said Galbraith.
He continued: “We will get a boost just from being able to compete in front of friends and family.”
Galbraith rested several key athletes at last weekend’s competition at South Dakota State, wanting to have all hands on deck for one of his program’s two home meets in 2018 (UND will also host the UND Indoor Tune-Up on Feb. 17).
“We’re going to try getting both barrels loaded up for the home meet,” said Galbraith following last Saturday’s competition.
Galbraith said the meet, as currently constituted, serves as a convenient, large-scale meet for area Division II and III institutions but adds that the long-term vision is to someday add Division I peers such as North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota.
“If we can attract the other Dakota schools to come here, it will take it to another level. Until then, it’s on us to put on a great event and just stay with it,” said Galbraith.
Galbraith said that once UND joins The Summit League next season, it will eventually be able to take its turn in the rotation to host conference championships.
“The more we host, the better we get at it. It helps us train our officials and it helps our coaching staff get an idea of how our venue runs,” said Galbraith. “It’s an exciting process, because we get to see what we can do. It’s great for our University and it’s great for our athletes.”
The 2018 UND Indoor Open gets underway on Friday at 3 p.m. and resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m.
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