Nick Ingham Breaks Heptathlon School Record
Jan. 19, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Minutemen continued their success from a week ago at the Sorlien Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Kingston, R.I. but it was what happened on Friday that highlighted the men's performance in their second week of competition.
Nick Ingham battled to score a program record 4,731 points over the course of two days in the URI heptathlon prior to Saturday's meet. The sophomore finished fourth overall in the contest and was followed by freshman multi Adam Bonifilio in eighth place. Bonifilio's score of 4,379 points places him fourth all-time in the event at UMass.
On Saturday it was once again the men's talent on the track that carried the Minutemen through the unscored meet against American International, Bryant University, Stonehill College and the University of Rhode Island.
Stephen Bigelow and Zack Grube had the quickest top eight races of the day for the Minutemen. The pair finished second and fourth respectively in the 60 meter hurdles. Bigelow crossed the finish with a time of 8.23-seconds while Grube finished in just 8.73-seconds.
Zack Hildenbrandt claimed a third place finish in the 500 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 1-minute, 7.30-seconds.
UMass finished a trio in the top eight of the 800 meter run for the second straight week. Freshmen Michael Maldari and Alex Finestone alongside redshirt junior Antony Taylor finished the race fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Maldari and Finestone finished very close with Maldari crossing the finish line at 1-minute, 58.30-seconds while Finestone finished in 1-minute, 58.41-seconds. Taylor completer the event in 1-minute, 59.40-seconds.
Mike McNaughton was the runner up in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2-minutes, 32.37-seconds. Michael Fitzpatrick finished sixth in the event at the 2-minute, 38.49-second mark.
The Minutemen placed another duo in the top eight of the mile with Ben and Cory Thomas finishing fourth and sixth. Ben Thomas crossed the finish line at the 4-minute, 25.17-second mark while it took Cory Thomas just 4-minutes, 28.92-seconds to complete the event.
Harrier Ben Groleau finished seventh in the 3,000 meter run. The sophomore Framingham, Mass. native clocked in with a time of 8-minutes, 52.14-seconds.
Ken O'Brien's squad also found success in the relay events finishing sixth and eighth in the 4x400 meter relay and finishing third in the 4x800 meter relay.
In the triple jump Dana Pagliuca leaped 42-feet, 6.25-inches for a fifth place performance. He was joined in the field by fellow freshman Brett Davies with a fourth place throw of 45-feet, 1.75-inches in the shot put.
On Friday, January 24 the Minutemen will compete in the Northeastern Indoor Games in Roxbury, Mass. at 3:30 p.m.