Homecoming weekend is bringing Division I sports to Missoula besides football, including the Montana cross country teams’ only home race this season.
The Grizzlies are scheduled to host the Montana Open on Friday morning at the UM Golf Course.
The women’s six-kilometer race starts at 10:30 a.m., and the men’s eight-kilometer race is set for 11:15 a.m.
Montana and Montana State will be joined by Central Washington, MSU-Billings, Carroll College and Rocky Mountain College.
Montana State’s women are ranked 10th in this week’s USTFCCCA Mountain Region poll and won its own MSU Open two weeks ago.
Darby’s Heather Demorest finished first for MSU and three Bobcats crossed the finish line ahead of UM’s top runner, freshman Reagan Colyer, who was 12th.
For the second straight race Montana, ranked 12th in the region, will be without top runner Keli Dennehy. The redshirt junior won the women’s four-kilometer race at the Carroll Early Bird meet on Sept. 6 but is now nursing a minor calf injury.
Montana State’s men, ranked ninth in the region, are heavy favorites after winning their home meet two weeks ago.
UM’s Mark Messmer came in 15th overall at the Bozeman meet and was the Grizzly runner in the top 25.