Montana State Sports Information release
BOZEMAN — While the Montana State track and field program begins its indoor track season with its first of seven home meets in less than two weeks, its outdoor track schedule has been altered Bobcat head coach Dale Kennedy announced Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The Bobcats were originally scheduled to host 10 meets during the 2017-18 seasons, including three during the outdoor schedule. Renovations to the Bobcat Track and Field Complex won’t be completed due to weather conditions during the fall of 2017, which pushed the completion of the project to the summer of 2018.
“We’re in a holding pattern until late spring or early summer to get the type of weather where we can guarantee (the temperature) won’t drop,” Kennedy said. “Certainly, it’s frustrating and disappointing for us to not be able to host a meet during our outdoor season.”
MSU’s three home meets were originally scheduled for March 24, April 21 and April 28. Instead, the Bobcats will send more athletes to the West Coast on April 21 and compete in the Beach Invitational. The annual Cat-Griz Dual will take place for the second consecutive year in Missoula on April 28. The Bobcats will compete at Dornblaser field four times during the outdoor campaign.
“It was really nice that the University of Montana is only 200 miles away,” Kennedy said. “The dual meet will be moved there, then some of our kids will compete at the Montana Open on April 14. Coach (Brian) Schweyen has been great to work with on this. He understood what was going on.”
The Bobcats’ indoor schedule remains intact with MSU making its 2017-18 season debut with the Bobcat Preview on Dec. 2. Montana State will host three straight meets in Worthington Arena in January, then travel to Gillette, Wyo., for a dual meet against Wyoming on Jan. 27. The Bobcats host three meets at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in February before traveling to the Big Sky Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., from Feb. 22-24.