Lady Vols Track & Field Great Jane Haist has passed away

Tennessee track and field great Jane Haist died Saturday, May 21 near her hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

A 1976 Olympian and 2012 inductee into the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame, Haist was a member of the Lady Vols track and field program from 1977 to 1979 and was a two-time All-American.

She won an AIAW Individual National Discus Championship in 1977 with a 188-5 throw in Los Angeles. Haist also placed fourth in the shot put (47-10) at the same meet, while the Lady Vols finished fourth in the team standings.

Prior to this 1977 AIAW Championship competition, distance runner Terry Hull was the only Lady Vol to have won a national title (in any sport).

At the 1978 AIAW Championships, held in Knoxville, Haist finished second in discus (176-3.5).

Haist still holds the Tennessee program record for a women’s discus throw with a mark of 198-8 set at Tom Black Track on May 7, 1977.

She represented Canada as a discus thrower at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Haist’s international competitive career has taken her to events all over the world, such as the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. and the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City.

An online obituary and virtual guestbook are available HERE.

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