STEVENSVILLE — Kelsey Dumpson is embracing her new identity as a short-distant specialist, qualifying for the state track meet in the 400 meters and as a member of the 4x800 relay.
This is the first year that Dumpson, a Kent County senior, is competing in track and field.
She placed second in the 400 in the East Region meet Saturday, stopping the timer in 1 minute, 3.56 seconds.
Also on Saturday, Dumpson’s classmate Corey Robinson punched his ticket to the state meet with a third-place triple jump of 37 feet, 7 inches.
The top four place-finishers in each event advance to the state championships this week at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
On day one of the two-day state qualifying region meet, Kent County sophomore Celia Llamas placed third in the 3200 meters in 13:22.27 and ran the leadoff leg on the 4x800 relay that placed fourth. The time for the all-underclassman team of Llamas, Hannah Beattie, Molly Grafton and Marlee Berghaus was 11:56.22.
While playing soccer on Sunday, Llamas suffered an injury that will keep her out of the state track meet, according to coach Rich Shaw.
He has tapped Dumpson to replace Llamas in the relay.
Several Trojans recorded personal bests at last week’s East Region meet. We will list them in our May 30 edition, which also will include a full report on the state championships.