DES MOINE, IOWA (July 28, 2019) – North Carolina A&T continued to look great on the national stage on Saturday. Three Aggies had prominent races on Saturday at the 2019 USATF World Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University.
Former Aggie sprinters Rodney Rowe and Chris Belcher reached the semifinals of the men’s 200 meters, while current sprinter Trevor Stewart just missed out on making the U.S. national team in the men’s 400m.
A day before, Belcher made the U.S. national team in the men’s 100m by finishing in the top-3 of the finals with a time of 10.12. He now has a chance to make the team as a 200m participant after running a 20.63 in the first round of the 200m. It was the second-fastest qualifying time of the day.
Belcher will be joined in the 200m semifinal by Rowe, his former Aggie teammate. Rowe was tied for the third-fastest time on Saturday at 20.65. Rowe and Belcher will compete in the second heat of the men’s 200m semifinal 7 p.m. (EST) Sunday at Drake Stadium.
Like Belcher, Rowe will be remembered as an Aggie legend in track and field. Rowe won 11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) including a four-year claim on the 4x100-meter relay gold medal. He won the outdoor and indoor 200m titles two times apiece and he has a 60m, 100m and 4x400 relay title in the MEAC. Rowe is also a two-time first-team All-American in the 4x100 and he has a first-team All-American accolade in the outdoor 200m.
Stewart, who is a rising senior at N.C. A&T was looking to finish in the top-3 of the 400m on Saturday in order to earn a spot on the national team. Stewart finished seventh in 44.94. After an outstanding junior season, Stewart is considered one the favorites to win an NCAA national title in 2020.
In 2019, Stewart’s 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.
Belcher is also considered a future N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Famer. He 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.
The Aggie men have captured the last three MEAC outdoor and indoor titles.