The Bethune-Cookman University Lady Wildcats may have been in enemy territory during the 62nd Annual FAMU Relays, but they sure seemed comfortable based on their performance as a team, setting a tone early on in the 2012 Outdoor Season that they will be a force to be reckoned with for their MEAC competitors, including the dominant Lady Rattlers Squad…
Freshman Sasha Smallwood shined by capturing the Women’s Pole Vault, building off of a stellar indoor season where she won the MEAC Championships in the same event. The Baltimore native won her event with a height of 10’8”, and showed a confidence well beyond her experience. To round out BCU’s Eastern Seaboard connection, Senior Shakira Garner, a sprinter from Philly, may be short in stature but large in speed as well as charisma. With a time of 12.14 she gained points for her team in the 100 meter dash, placing third overall in the race. Garner also assisted her unit by running in the 400 meter open and enlisting as a leg on BCU’s 4×100 and 1600 meter sprint medley relay teams.
Franchise Sports’ Ariel Bedford caught up with both ladies to get their thoughts on the 2012 FAMU Relays.
First, hear Sasha Smallwood fresh off her victory in the Pole Vault:
At the culmination of the meet, FS spoke with Miss Garner in behind FAMU’s Sampson Hall across from Robert “Pete” Griffin Track Complex: