North Carolina A&T State's Belcher Steals The Show, Aggies' 4x100 Relay Advances To Finals
EUGENE, Ore. - North Carolina A&T State's Christopher Belcher stole the headlines with a pair of record-breaking runs to highlight the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Oregon.
Belcher cemented himself into MEAC history as he shattered his own MEAC record in the 100-meter dash semifinals and posted the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history after a time of 9.93. Nearly one hour later, Belcher returned to the track and qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash on Friday as he posted the fastest time (20.01) of the evening. Earlier in the day, he helped the Aggies' 4x100-meter relay team qualify for the finals as the quartet ran the second-fastest semifinal time of the day (38.23).
Maryland Eastern Shore senior runner Khalil Rmidi Kinini capped off an outstanding career in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 24th-place finish run of 9:32.84. Hampton University freshman Jaelen Williams ran his second-fastest time of the season but did not qualify as he placed 12th overall in the 400-meter hurdles. North Carolina A&T State's 4x400-meter relay unit closed out the season with a time of 3:08.66 while fellow Aggie Dajuan Harding placed 21st in the 400-meter semifinals after a run of 46.66.
The championships resume Thursday as the MEAC will be represented by North Carolina A&T State's women's 4x100-meter relay team, Kayla White of North Carolina A&T State (100-meter hurdles) and India Brown of NCAT (4x100, 100m, 200m). On the men's side, Bethune-Cookman's Michael Tiller and North Carolina A&T State's Lasheon Strozier will both compete in the triple jump on Friday evening.
7:32 PM Women 4x100M Relay Semis
8:32 PM Women 100M Hurdles Semis
8:46 PM Women 100M Semis