By Jerry Del Priore
St. Francis College of Brooklyn alumnus Wagner Elancieux will be competing for Team Haiti in the 4×100 meters USA vs. the World relay event at the Penn Relays (the oldest and largest annual track and field competition in the United States) at Franklin Field in Philadelphia this Saturday.
But he had to battle through a measure of adversity to get the opportunity to compete for his parents’ homeland, which qualifies him for the event, this weekend.
In his last college track and field event at St. Francis College, Wagner Elancieux slipped on the board in the long jump event. As a result, he hyperextended his knee, causing Grade I sprains to his medial, anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, as well as a bone bruise on the lower part of his knee, ending his college track and field career.
The injury left Elancieux with an incredulous feeling, wondering what could’ve have been, and about his future in the sport for some time, especially given the fact that he said he was in best shape of his college career.
“As I was in the air I automatically knew that was the end for me and my college track and field career,” Elancieux said of the mishap. “I was speechless for a while, and I just sat and thought about the season I would have had. I had never been in better shape, but I guess everything happens for a reason.”
Indeed, as the 23-year-old Mill Basin, Brooklyn, native now is fulfilling his dream of competing for Team Haiti while delighting his parents.
“My mom tells anyone about me, whenever the opportunity presents itself,” he said. “My dad is a chill guy, but I know he’s proud of me.”
Elancieux said he’s appreciative of the opportunity given to him by the Team Haiti track and field coaches and looks forward to achieving more success in the sport in the future.
“I’m grateful to the coaching staff of Haiti, people I have yet to meet,” the Spence High School (Manhattan’s Upper East Side) girl’s track and field coach said. “But they seem like genuine people, taking a chance on me. I haven’t made it quite yet. There’s so much I want to accomplish in this sport. But all in due time.”