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January 25, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Peabody's Ingham breaks own heptathlon record for UMass Amherst

It is highly unusual for a college freshman to set a school record, but that’s what Peabody’s Nick Ingham did last February when he scored 4,666 points in the heptathlon for UMass Amherst.

It took less than a year for that mark to fall — and it happened when Ingham broke his own record.

Competing in the opening meet of the Minutemen’s winter track season, Ingham scored 4,731 points in the heptathlon (consisting of seven different track events) and placing fourth overall at the Sorlien Invitational at the University of Rhode Island last weekend.

“I never expected to do it because that competition had a lot of the best multi’s (athletes that do several events) in New England,” said Ingham. “It was a great way for me to get started with personal records and a new best score.

“I tend to score more points in the running events like the 60-meter dash and 1,000. I do pretty well in the 60 meter hurdles and lately have had better success in the pole vault and shot put. In our conference, I throw better than other multi-athletes.”

The 6-foot-4 former Peabody High star rooms with old friend Zack Grube, who also had a great career with the Tanners. Grube was known as one of the top high jumpers and hurdlers in high school, but a knee injury ended his jumping career.

“I can’t jump anymore but I hurdle and run the 400,” said Grube. “Last year my coach (Ken O’Brien) said to take a year off from high jumping and work on hurdles and running. When I started high jumping again around Thanksgiving my knee began hurting, and in order to help the team I’m concentrating on running and hurdling because I have the potential to score in those events.

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