GORHAM, Maine -- Veteran University of Southern Maine women's track and field head coach George Towle announced recently that three seniors, Molly Carl (York, Maine), Jennifer Durham (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and Brooke Madden (Dedham, Maine/Brewer), have been selected to captain the Huskies' 2013 outdoor team.
This is the second straight outdoor season that Carl and Madden have served as outdoor captains. Durham is in her first season serving as a captain.
The Huskies, presently on their annual spring break trip to Florida, open their outdoor season this Saturday (March 30) competing at the University of North Florida Invitational (Jacksonville, Fla.).
The school record holder in three individual events outdoors, Carl earned NCAA Division III All-America honors last spring in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was named the Little East Conference Track Athlete of the Year. Carl established the school record in the steeplechase when she covered the distance in 10 minutes, 40.67 seconds to finish sixth in the finals at the NCAA Championships. The LEC Runner of the Year in cross country this past fall, Carl missed the entire indoor season with an injury.
Last spring, Carl won the LEC and New England Alliance championship in the 1500 meters (4:42.78) and was second in the 800 (2:19.10). A week later at the New England Division III Championships, she placed second in the steeplechase (10:48.80). During the 2012 outdoor season, she broke the steeplechase record three times.
Competing in the throwing events, Durham earned All-Little East Conference and All-New England Alliance honors in the shot put last spring with her second-place throw of 11.46 meters (37-7 ¼). Durham would add a Division III All-New England citation in the discus to her resume when she placed fourth at the New England Division III Championships with a throw of 38.93 meters (127-9). Durham had a strong indoor campaign, including an LEC title and a school record in the shot put.
A steady contributor to the program during her career at USM, Madden received All-LEC and All-New England Alliance recognition last spring in the 4 x 400-meter relay, and is a member of the school record 4 x 800 relay. Madden is coming off a strong indoor season where she placed second at the conference championships in the 1,000 meters (3:10.53) and ran the first leg of the Huskies' second-place 4 x 800 relay (10:10.73). Madden also turned in a personal best time indoors in the 1,000 at the ECAC Division III Championships (3:05.98).
After this weekend's season-opening meet at North Florida, the Huskies will compete at the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell on April 6, the M.I.T. Invitational on April 13, and the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin College on April 19-20 before traveling to Bridgewater State University on April 27 for the LEC and Alliance Championships.
The Huskies will complete the outdoor season with three meets in May - the New England Division III Championships at Colby College on May 3-4; the NEIcAAA Open New England Championships at Stonehill College on May 10-11; and the ECAC Division III Championships on May 16-17 at Springfield College.