Robinson gets PR at state triple jump

Kent County senior Kelsey Dumpson takes the lead coming out of the first turn of the 400 meters in the Class 1A East Region track and field meet May 18. She went on to finish second, qualifying for the state championship meet.

BALTIMORE — It’s been a season of firsts for Kent County senior Kelsey Dumpson, who punctuated her first outdoor track season with a trip to the Class 1A state championship meet — in two events.

Dumpson, who previously was known only as a basketball player, expanded her résumé considerably this spring by showing her prowess in running and jumping and being a team player. When Cecilia Llamas suffered a season-ending injury three days after the Trojans’ 4x800 relay qualified for the state meet, Dumpson stepped up as a last-minute replacement.

At the state meet May 23, Dumpson anchored the relay that placed 15th in a time of 12 minutes, 7.75 seconds.

Dumpson ran the fastest leg — 2:47 — and this was the first time she had run an 800 in competition.

Marlee Berghaus led off with a 2:51 leg, the first time she ran under 3 minutes. Then came Hannah Beattie (3:07), Molly Grafton (3:19) and Dumpson.

On Saturday, Dumpson placed 13th in her signature event, the 400 meters. She stopped the timer in 1:03.66, winning her heat by one hundredth of a second.

Dumpson’s time was one tenth of a second off the personal best she established at the May 18 region meet.

Also on Saturday, Kent junior Corey Robinson tied for ninth with a triple jump of 40 feet, 1 inch.

Robinson’s third jump in the qualifying round sent him to the final round and established a personal best.

The top four place-finishers in each of four region meets the week before advanced to the state championships at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Llamas qualified in the 3200 meters (third in 13:22.27) and the 4x800 relay, but was not able to compete due to injury.

The relay of Llamas, Beattie, Grafton and Berghaus established a school record of 11:56.22.

Half a dozen Trojans established PRs. They are listed here, though their results were not available by press time: Llamas, 1600 meters; Dumpson, 200 and 400; Robinson, 400; Sam Buckel, 1600; Jarrod Roderick, 200 and 400; and Giuseppe Gordillo, shot put of 28 feet, 10 inches.

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