BRUNSWICK, MAINE — SUNY New Paltz junior Cassandra Quackenbush moved up four places in a driving rainstorm on Saturday to become the heptathlon champion at the 2000 ECAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bowdoin College.
Quackenbush, a Liverpool, NY native, had a personal-best total of 3,756 points to win her second conference title this spring. Just three weeks ago, Quackenbush won the javelin title at the 2000 SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
On Saturday, her toss of 36.40 meters in the javelin far surpassed her SUNYAC-winning throw of 32.72, and would easily have won the ECAC open javelin competition. She also went 4.7 meters in the long jump, and was in second place going into the final event. Quackenbush calmly won the 800-meter run in 2:33.15 to earn the seven-event title. She is now unbeaten in her last seven meets.
In other Hawk action on Saturday, both Andrea Drayss and Heidi Dippel placed fourth in their respective events despite the poor weather conditions. Drayss had a throw of 10.98 meters in the shot put, while Dippel cleared 1.47 meters in the high jump. And New Paltz’s Cheryl Yanek took fifth place (44:06.46) in the grueling 10K run.