WORTON — Having watched Kelsey Dumpson for four years racing up and down the basketball court, there was more than a notion that she had speed and a quick first step. But who knew for sure if the Kent County senior would be able to transfer those skills to track and field.
“Her speed is a surprise to us,” track coach Rich Shaw wrote in an email Monday. “I think Corey (Robinson) recruited her for the team. She showed up to orientation ... and I am glad she followed through.”
Dumpson scored in all four events she entered last week in the Trojans’ only home meet, and totaled 20 of the Kent girls’ 54 points. She won the 400 meters.
Sophomore Cecilia Llamas, who is running her fourth season of track (indoor and outdoor combined), also totaled 20 points at the April 2 meet. She won the 1600 meters and lowered her best time in the 3200 to 13 minutes, 6 seconds.
Marlee Berghaus finished one spot behind classmate Llamas in the 800, 1600 and 3200.
Last week’s meet was the first of the season for junior Daniel Rickman, who had been sidelined due to illness. The two-time reigning team MVP for cross country, Rickman won the 800 and 1600 open races.
Junior Tanae Johnson, who has lettered in field hockey, basketball and cheerleading, made her track and field debut as a sprinter.
Robinson and TaeKwon Duggins scored in all their events. Duggins established a PR of 12.0 in the 200 meters.
Only a handful of Trojans recorded personal bests — Will Ashmore (200 meters), Dan Mitzel (800 meters) and Sam Buckel (800 meters) joining Llamas and Duggins. Shaw attributed the small number of PRs to the wind and cold weather.
Kent placed fourth in a quadrangular meet with Colonel Richardson, Easton and North Dorchester. Kent, Colonel Richardson and North Dorchester all compete in the 1A East Region, “so it was good to see how we match up,” Shaw said.
Printed here are complete results for the Trojans. The top 10 place-finishes are noted. Personal records are listed in bold.
100 meters: Kelsey Dumpson, 14.0, second; and Tanae Johnson, 15.7, sixth.
200 meters: Dumpson, 28.6, third; and Johnson, 31.4, seventh.
400 meters: Dumpson, 1:09.1, first.
800 meters: Cecilia Llamas, 3:00.9, second; and Marlee Berghaus, 3:07.9, third.
1600 meters: Llamas, 6:17.8, first; and Berghaus, 6:31.1, second.
3200 meters: Llamas, 13:06, second; and Berghaus, 13:50, third.
Long jump: Dumpson, 12 feet, 7 inches, fourth.
100 meters: TaeKwon Duggins, 12.0, second; and Jarrod Roderick, 13.6, 10th.
200 meters: Duggins, 24.3, fourth; Will Ashmore, 25.0, sixth; and Roderick, 29.2.
400 meters: Corey Robinson, 55.6, second; Kevin Mallory, 1:03.3, fifth; and Roderick, 1:07.4.
800 meters: Daniel Rickman, 2:15.2, first; Dan Mitzel, 2:31.4, fifth; Sam Buckel, 3:04.5; and Thomas Martinez, time and place-finish were not recorded.
1600 meters: Rickman, 4:59.6, first; Buckle, 6:30.8; and Martinez, time and place-finish were not recorded.
3200 meters: Dan Mitzel, 11:43, third.
4x200 relay of Ashmore, Duggins, Mallory and Robinson, 1:41.9, third.
Long jump: Robinson, 16 feet, 8 inches, fourth.
Triple jump: Robinson, 37 feet, 4 inches, second.
Discus: Brandon Mitzel, 70 feet, 10 inches, ninth; and Giuseppe Gordillo, 58-02.
Shot put: B. Mitzel, 28 feet, 10 inches, fifth; and Gordillo, 25-11, 10th.