STORRS, Conn. – On Friday, University of Connecticut women’s track and field head coach J.J. Clark and his staff announced signing of four student-athletes for the 2015-16 campaign. The Huskies will welcome Haley Hasty, Spencer Hayes, Lindsey Kane and Hannah Parker to the Storrs campus in the fall of 2015 to compete for a Husky program that boasts four conference titles.
"I’m excited to welcome the 2015 signing class to the Husky family,” said Clark. “All four of these young women will bring a unique element to our team as we transition into a new era of track and field at UConn. We look forward to their arrival in the fall of 2015.”
Hannah Parker | Nottingham, N.H. | Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Parker, a Nottingham, N.H. native, has earned three varsity letters under coaches Brent Tkacyzk and Tim Cox at Cow-Brown Northwood Academy. A three-time All-State track selection, she was named an All-American in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons and is the New Hampshire state record holder in the 800m. Individually, she was the New Hampshire state champion in the 800m from 2012-14 and also claimed the New England 800m crown in 2013. She has been selected to the All-State cross country team in each of the past four seasons and served as a team captain in 2014.
Off the track, she was a member of the student council in 2013 and 2014 and is an honor roll student.
“Hannah is one of the top 800m runners in the country, running a 2:06 last year. She possesses the unique ability to have 800m speed while maintaining the stamina to run national class cross country. I’m very excited about her very rare combination of talents.”
Haley Hasty | Distance | Vernon, Conn. | Rockville High School
Hasty will head to Storrs after competing in both cross country and track and field at Rockville High School under head coach Ryan Franklin. A three-time track captain, she holds school records for cross country in the 1000m, 1600m and 3200m. Hasty was selected as the team MVP of the track team on three separate occasions and was the Central Connecticut Conference Champion in cross country. She finished fourth in the Connecticut State Open in cross country and also earned recognition as an All-Conference, All-Area, All-State, and All-New England team member.
Off the track, Hasty is a member of the George Sykes chapter of the National Honor Society and was the recipient of the Yale Clun and Scholarship Foundation Book Award. In addition, the Vernon, Conn. native was also tabbed as a National Merit Commended Scholar during her time at Rockville.
“Haley has really shown great improvement from last year. I believe she has abilities that are still being developed. I would only imagine that her progress will continue through the indoor and outdoor seasons. She adds to the depth and quality of our team.”
Spencer Hayes | Gansevoort, N.Y. | Saratoga Springs High School
Hayes, a native of Gansevoort, N.Y., joins the Husky program after competing at Saratoga Springs High School under coaches Art and Linda Kranick. A 12-time varsity letterwinner, Hayes served as a cross country team captain in each of the past two seasons and was tabbed as an NXN NY First Team member in 2015 while attending NXN Nationals in 2012-14. On the track, she was selected as a Suburban Council All-State member in 2013-15 and an NBN All-American.
In the classroom, Hayes is a National Honor Society Officer and has been named a Scholar Athlete during each of her first three years at Saratoga Springs. In addition, she received the Academic Art Award and has earned a spot on the school’s honor roll in every academic quarter.
“Spencer is capping off a great season as she leads her high school team to the Nike high school cross country nationals. She comes from a great high school program and she will be a nice fit for our program and training style.”
Lindsey Kane | Turnversville, N.J. | Washington Township High School
Kane, who competes in both cross country and track, competed at Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J. under head coach Bruce Burdsall. She has earned five varsity letters and was selected as both team captain and team MVP during her junior season. An All-State Third Team member, Kane finished second in the 1600m at New Jersey Indoor Meet of Championships with the third fastest time (4:53) in South Jersey history.
Additionally, the Turnversville, N.J. native was selected as the New Jersey USATG Distance Runner of the Year.
“Lindsey has excelled on the track and I believe will be a positive impact on our cross country and mid-distance area. I look forward to her bringing her 4:53 mile and quality 800 meter skills to UConn.”