Abby Haskell, of Windsor, a liberal studies major at the University of Maine at Augusta student, recently was named to the dean’s list, and received the Student Athlete Spotlight for Outdoor Track and Field. This was the first year for the UMA’s Outdoor Track and Field Team and the UMA Women won the USCAA National Invitational.
What is her favorite subject at the college? “I really like all of my education classes because they allow and encourage me to get in the classroom early and shadow teachers. This shows me what teaching is all about and it showed me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Regarding her interest in outdoor track, she said, “I have bounced around a lot with track in high school actually. I did outdoor track my freshman and sophomore year and I did indoor track my sophomore and junior year. I bounced around so much because I also enjoyed playing basketball and lacrosse!
Balancing academic studies and athletics can be demanding. “I took all my classes online so I was able to get myself in a routine of days where I would sit down and finish my assignments. This routine allowed me to be able to attend some practices (when I wasn’t working!) and to attend the meets on the weekends! With all her accomplishments on the track and field scene, she is looking for improvement. “I’m looking forward to improving my personal records and to see how well the team can do together next year! Some teammates on our relay team had never done it before and I’m excited to see how we will improve our time next season.”
She compares her animal spirit to that of a turtle. “Because slow and steady always wins the race.”
Abby chose UMA because it was a lot closer to home and more affordable than where she was going before! “I also really wanted to continue playing sports and I knew that UMA was the perfect school for me to do that. I love the decision I made, I love UMA.”
Abby’s 2019 outdoor track highlights include: Triple Jump (first) nationally in the USCAA; Long Jump (third) nationally in the USCAA; 100m (fourth) nationally in the USCAA; first 4x100m Relay Team at the USCAA National Invitational Championship; and first 4x400m Relay Team at the USCAA National Invitational Championship.