According to his school website, his name is Jaycee. His Facebook page, meanwhile, says Jessie. But the name that one of Saint Lucia’s Olympic hopefuls hopes will be known worldwide is Corneil Lionel.
Aged 24, Corneil is now a redshirt freshman at Abilene Christian University, where he transferred in 2015. After running unattached last year, he is repping the Wildcats to the fullest this year, and hoping to rep Saint Lucia at the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Competing last weekend at the 2016 Houston Invitational and Multis, the former Entrepot Secondary student improved his personal-best time in the semifinals and finals of the 60m dash, running 6.87 to win his semifinal before sprinting to a mark of 6.79 in the final.
His time in the final was good for third place, behind Houston’s (and Barbados’) Mario Burke (6.72) and Sam Houston State’s Chris Jefferson (6.78). Corneil moved into fifth on ACU’s all-time list, and he is surely aiming for Ronald Promesse’s 6.66 national benchmark.
“Seeing Corneil moving up the conference rankings while finishing third gives us confidence that he’s building momentum as we get closer to the Southland Conference Championships in two weeks,” said head coach Keith Barnier.