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January 25, 2014

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


“I want to make the hurdles finals in our conference indoors; outdoors I’ll do 110 and 400 hurdles. I’d love to run a leg on the 4x4 relay team, but a lot of guys have around the same time so I’ll have to wait and see.

“Coach doesn’t want us to set any goal numbers, but to concentrate on going out to have a good race,” added Grube. “He says to focus on the person beside you and get points for the team.”

At the Sorlien Invitational, Grube finished fourth overall and tied his personal best. This season the coaches had Grube switch his start, and while it frustrated him at first he is gradually getting used to it.

“Coach said not to worry about it; my times would start going down,” said Grube, a double major in English and psychology with a minor in Latin. “I ran 8.73 seconds (60-meter hurdles) and want to get down to 8.6.”

Ingham has to put in a lot of time because he does so many different events.

“The workouts are grueling,” said the kinesiology major, who wants to be a physician’s assistant. “I have tendonitis in my left knee; it’s called jumper’s knee, so I barely practice the high jump before meets. If I do it a few times a week in practice it hurts and I might gain only an inch. It just isn’t worth the trade off.

“I’ve been improving a lot since last year, but I don’t want to set any limits. I would like to break my record as many times as I can. When I did it last year I had no clue I was even close to the school record. I was just trying to win.”

Ingham didn’t have a lot of experience in many of the events he does now, but he was a quick learner.

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