GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine veteran women's track and field head coach George Towle announced recently that senior Tiia Kand (Abbot, Maine/Piscataquis) has been named captain for the upcoming 2017-18 indoor season that gets underway this Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when the Huskies host the USM Open I at the Costello Sports Complex.
Kand is a four-year member of the team competing in the sprints and jumping events. Kand competed in seven meets during the indoor season last year, enjoying her best success in the high jump. She placed ninth in the high jump (career-best 1.47m/4-9 ¾) at the State of Maine Championships, took third in the high jump (1.45m/4-9) at the Reggie Poyau Invitational at Brandeis, and finished runner-up in the high jump (1.40m/4-7) at the season-opening USM Open I.
Majoring in business management with a minor in economics, Kand is a two-time recipient of the Athletic Department's William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Huskies return 18 members from last year's indoor squad that swept the New England Alliance and Little East Conference championships for the 17th consecutive year, and had a sixth-place finish at the New England Division III Championships.
Following this week's USM Open I meet, the remainder of the Huskies' 2017-18 schedule is as follows: January 6, USM Open II; January 13, Reggie Poyau Invitational at Brandeis; January 20, at Bowdoin Invitational; January 27, USM Open III; February 2, State Championships at Bowdoin; February 10, Alliance-LEC Championships at Providence, R.I.; February 16-17, New England Division III Championships at Springfield, Mass.; February 24, Maine State Open at USM; and March 3, Last Chance Meet at Tufts University.
USM will also enter individual competitors at the Annual URI Pentathlon this Friday; the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University on January 26; and the B.U. Last Chance meet on February 25.