Friday’s Hot Ticket: Running, hoops, hockey

College cross country
NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington, 12:30 p.m.

The field will consist of 36 teams and 88 individuals as the Montana Tech women compete on the national stage.

Tech, which is only in its second year with a cross country program, enters the meet ranked No. 21 in the NAIA. Senior Becca Richtman leads a young squad at the NAIA National Championship. Richtman finished in the top spot in three of the four meets and was named the NAIA Runner of the Week twice this season.

Tech coach Zach Kughn said his team is ready to go.

“I believe our women are physically and mentally prepared to perform well on the highest stage and I can’t wait to see them run,” Kughn said. “This is huge experience considering all but two of our runners are freshman and have three more chances to come back to this meet. Our focus is definitely on Friday, be we plan to be here year after year.”

Men’s college basketball
Montana Tech vs. Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon, 4 p.m.

The Orediggers (4-2) hit the road to play in the Flagship Inn Tournament.

Friday’s matchup with the Raiders is the first of two games this weekend. The Orediggers take on Oregon Tech, which received votes in this week’s Top 25 poll, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tech will return home to play Yellowstone Christian College on Tuesday.

Women’s College basketball
Montana Tech at Corban University, 9 p.m.

The 4-3 Orediggers head to the Beaver State for a pair of games this week, beginning with Friday’s game against Corban in Salem, Oregon.

Tech will travel to Eugene, Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. game against Bushnell University on Saturday. The Orediggers beat Bushnell, which is receiving votes in the Top 25 poll, 84-73 last Wednesday in Butte.

NA3HL hockey
Badlands at Butte, 7:30 p.m.

The Cobras will look to stop a three-game losing streak when they welcome the Sabres to the Butte Community Ice Center for a pair of games.

Butte enters the weekend at 5-12-2 and sits in sixth place in the eight-team Frontier Division. Badlands is 7-8-1.

The teams will play again Saturday at 7 p.m.