Brad Barton and Bob Durtschi, carrying on Weber State's tradition of outstanding steeplechasers, will lead the Wildcats in this week's 29th annual Big Sky Track and Field Championships in Bozeman, Mont.

The meet, aside from the decathlon competition on Wednesday and Thursday, will be held on Friday and Saturday.As usual, the Wildcats have a number of superb steeplechasers and distance runners. Kurt Black, last year's Big Sky champion in steeplechase, is redshirting this season, but another Weber athlete, Brad Barton, rates as the heavy favorite. Barton qualified for the NCAA championships last week in Oregon with a personal best time of 8:36.0, the third fastest in the nation. In the same race, Durtschi ran a personal best of 8:45.1, which will probably qualify him for the NCAA meet.

Northern Arizona is favored to win both the men's and women's team races at the Big Sky meet. Weber State is expected to be a leading contender for the runnerup spots.

Weber's Terry Kealamakia is the defending champion in the intermediate hurdles. He has run 52.38 this season. His wife, Elizabeth, who qualified for the NCAA indoor meet, is considered the top 200- and 400-meter dash entry. Teammates Cheryl Hannay and Stephanie Johnson are top threats in the 800.

"We have had a lousy spring season as far as the weather is concerned, running in snow, sleet, hail

and rain," says Weber women's Coach Jim Blaisdell. "So we will be prepared for whatever weather we run into. - Doug Robinson