AUSTIN, TEXAS – By sending two relay teams to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field finals on Wednesday, the North Carolina A&T men’s track and field team added to their impressive collection of first-team All-Americans.
On the first day of the NCAA nationals at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium, eight Aggie men earned first-team All-American honors with two of those gentlemen earning multiple first-team All-American accolades because they reached a final on Friday night.
Junior Trevor Stewart will compete twice on Friday after qualifying for the finals in the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay. Stewart came into nationals with the fastest time ran in the nation this season (44.38) in the 400.
On Wednesday, Stewart finished second in the 400m semifinals with a time of 44.84, four-tenths of a second off Kahmari Montgomery of the University of Houston’s pace (44.80). Junior Akeem Sirleaf failed to qualify after finishing 17th in 46.43.
Sirleaf, Stewart, freshman Akeem Lindo
Their efforts helped them finish third behind Texas A&M (3:01.26) and Iowa (3:01.99). The 4x400 final is scheduled for 10:10 p..m., EST Friday.
Senior Michael Dickson will join Stewart and Sirleaf as Aggies who will compete in two races on Friday Dickson placed eighth in the NCAA semifinals with a personal-best time 13.54 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Dickson also joined senior Rodney Rowe, Sirleaf
The 4x1 team beat out the University of Illinois for the eighth and last spot in the finals by completing the race in 39 seconds flat. The Fighting Illini finished ninth in 39.01.
Dickson will compete Friday night at 8:12 p.m., for his chance to win a national championship. Forty minutes earlier he will join his teammates in the 4x100 race on Friday.
All the N.C. A&T finalists are first-team All-Americans by making the finals in their respective events.
There were also some second-team All-American accolades to distribute for finishing amongst the top-16 in the nation. Rowe placed 11th in the men’s 100m semis (10.058). Rowe also picked up second-team honors in the 200m by finishing 13th in 20.47. In his first collegiate season, Lindo came away with a second-team All-American honor in the men’s 400mh. Lindo finished 10th in 50.38.
N.C. A&T’s women go into action Thursday. It will start with the women’s 4x100 team sprinting into action at 8:02 p.m, EST. Junior Madeleine Akobundu will compete in the women’s 100mh semifinals at 9:02 p.m., EST.
Aggie superstar sprinters Kayla White and freshman Cambrea Sturgis will try to put two Aggies in the top-2 as they compete in the women’s 100 at 9:16 p.m. They will also run in the 200 at 10:14 p.m. The 4x400 starts at 11:18 p.m.