DES MOINE, IOWA (July 27, 2019) – Former North Carolina A&T sprinter Chris Belcher is back on the United States World Championship team. Current N.C. A&T could be on the team by the end of the weekend.
N.C. A&T’s prominence around the track and field world was again enhanced on Friday at the USATF World Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. Belcher, who has competed for Nike since 2017, qualified for the U.S. team in the men’s 100 meters. Belcher ran a 10.39 in Friday’s 100m semifinal.
An hour later in the final, Belcher ran a 10.12 to finish third behind Chris Coleman (9.99) and Michael Rodgers (10.114). By finishing in the top-3, Belcher is an automatic qualifier for the U.S. team. It is Belcher’s second time on the team after he made the team in 2017 by running a 10.06 in the final. Belcher will go on to compete for the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships.
Belcher spent two outdoor seasons and one indoor season at N.C. A&T. His standout moment at N.C. A&T is when he ran an incredible 9.99 in the 100m at the 2017 Aggie Invitational. He would later go on to run a 9.93 in the 100m at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
He earned first-team outdoor All-American honors in the 100 and 200m in 2017. He is a nine-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion with two 100m titles, two 200m titles, two 4x100-meter relay titles, one 60m title, one indoor 200m title and one indoor 4x400 relay title.
Stewart is still building his legacy at N.C. A&T. On Friday at the USATF championships, the rising senior ran a 45.16 in the 400m to qualify for the 400m final scheduled for 5:43 p.m., Saturday, July 27. Stewart will go into the race seeded third after running a 44.25 at the 2019 NCAA championships.
Over the course of the 2019 outdoor season, Stewart became a national standout. His 44.38 ran in the 400m at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track made headlines because at the time it was the 14th-fastest time in world history. Stewart went on to finish second nationally in the 400m with his 44.25 time.
In his career, Stewart has claimed four MEAC championships with two 4x400 relay indoor titles, one 4x400 relay outdoor title and one 400m title.
The Aggie men have captured the last three MEAC outdoor and indoor titles.