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Boston Globe: Bigelow blooms as a hurdler at UMass

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"Like his father, Stephen Bigelow was a late bloomer athletically.

Bob Bigelow (Winchester High, class of '71) played four years in the National Basketball Association after being drafted 13th overall out of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

His youngest son capped his hurdling career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by being named the school's 2014 male spring scholar-athlete.

It was a startling turnaround from four years earlier.

"Stephen tried out for the team as a walk-on his freshman year and was cut," said David Jackson , who is in his fifth year as an assistant track coach at UMass. "He was a pretty good all-around athlete . . . but in high school he ran track as a training process for soccer.

Jackson added: "But he came back the next year a lot more determined . . . over the three years he competed for us he grew significantly. He dropped almost a full second off his competing time. In a sprinting event of 110 meters to drop almost a full second off of your hurdle time is pretty significant."

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