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.