SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After completing a grueling summer camp and a round of open tryouts under Bethune-Cookman’s new coaching staff, the 2013-14 B-CU cheerleading roster is in the books.
Cheerleading coaches Becky Woodson and John Woodson, Jr. recently announced the 30-member roster and team alternates.
“We are so pleased to welcome the new Wildcats cheerleaders,” Becky Woodson said. “We feel that this team’s talent level will display performances that fans have never seen before from the B-CU cheerleading program.”
Those trying out went through 14 days of vigorous training to hone the required skills.
Twenty-six members of this year’s squad come from those chosen for camp, including five that have competed at the world championships. The remaining members made the team through open tryout, with over 60 candidates working out to make the team.
Competed in Philadelphia
The squad has already undergone outstanding improvements, proven by a recent trip for select team hopefuls to the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in Philadelphia, during which the Wildcats logged top-tier finishes in fight song cheer (second), sideline cheer (fourth) and team cheer (sixth) to rank fourth overall in the competition.
Woodson added, “We believe that this group will set the standard in years to come for B-CU cheerleading. This team is disciplined and now knows exactly what we expect. We are delighted to have five world-class athletes on the team and hope to attract and recruit more talented athletes for next season and into the future.”
On the cheerleading roster will be Ashley Belcher, Tre’Donavouis Bush, Blair Coley, Arielle Copeland, Yazmin Davies, Tamera Demps, Tonae Filer, Tarynn Gregg, Stantavious Hill, Deborah Johnson, Kenya Lawrence, Shanaya Martin, Monique Ming, Mikayla Norton, Alexis Oliver, Takeia Porter, Jyrah Purcell, Brianna Ransom, Gabby Smith, Lenisha Smith, Kimberley Smith, Imani Stevens, Toni Taylor, Semaria Tillman, Devin Tunnage, Dontia Warmack, Tiffany Wiggleton, Monica Wilkinson, Alana Williams and Sharnell Young.
Alternates are Tyreka Bradley, Tiijah Johnson, Tokeema Johnson and Dominique Lindsay.