North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track has become one of the premiere track and field facilities in the country.
In 2013, the Aggies
will host the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round. Every Division I school
east of the Mississippi River will compete at Irwin Belk Track. The Aggies also
have played host to the National Scholastic Sports Foundation's annual national
track and field event for the past seven years. The event, sponsored by New
Balance, draws more than 2,000 of the best high school athletes in the nation
The Mondo Super X Performance track
features eight 48-inch lanes and wide turns. There are two jumping pits, a shot
put pit and a water pit for the steeplechase event. The hammer and discus
throwers compete just outside Aggie Stadium, and there is a new javelin area
being constructed near the stadium.
The other high profile events hosted by A&T include the
International Friendship & Freedom Games, the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field
Championships, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A, 2A, 3A
and 4A Track and Field Championships and the Junior Olympics.
A milestone was reached in 2009 when the Aggies held the U.S. Junior Olympics at North Carolina A&T. The six-day event in July featured more than 7,000 athletes from across the country. More events are scheduled for the state-of-the-art facility.
At the successful 2006 NCAA East Track and Field Regional Championship, A&T became the first historically black college or university to host an NCAA Regional and earned rave reviews for its hospitality and professionalism.
Irwin Belk Track received numerous accolades for its fast track surface and overall facility. Athletes showed how much they loved the facility as 13 regional records and one college record fell at the 2006 NCAA East Regional. The Aggies also hosted the 2009 and '10 NCAA East Regional. North Carolina A&T athletes have even benefited from the facility. Over the last seven years, 21 Aggie athletes have advanced to the NCAA Nationals and five of those athletes earned All-American honors.