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Seguin works on his pole vaulting form, hoping for season to resume

To stay in top form and in homes of the competitive track and field season resuming from its break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martintown’s Brennan Seguin has been working out, along with his University of Guelph teammates, informally, under the guidance of the Gryphons coach.

Back in early March, the Gryphons track and field team, at the U-Sports championships held in Alberta, captured the national men’s and women’s titles. It was the school’s third straight year topping Canadian universities.

2020 Gryphons track and field team celebrates its national championship. (University of Guelph photo)

In the men’s pole vault, Seguin placed fourth overall, clearing 4.73 metres. The winner of the event was Daniel Gleason, of the York Lions, who cleared 5.13 metres.

Seguin is a graduate of Char-Lan DHS and was trained during his high school years by Rory Blackadder. This was the vaulter’s second year at Guelph. In 2019 at nationals, held in Montreal, he earned bronze with a 4.96 m jump.

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Pole vaulter Brennan Seguin striving for higher

Martintown’s Brennan Seguin, a pole vaulter at the University of Guelph, continues to work on his technique and aim for higher results in his second year of U-Sports competition.

Before the Christmas break, he competed at the Varsity Blues Invitational. In the December 14 indoor event, Seguin achieved a best height of 4.91 metres.

He tells me that during this early part of the season he is working on short approach, which means “I run from a shorter approach as it is easier to work on technique.”

Brennan Seguin
University of Guelph pole vaulter Brennan Seguin

Seguin is a graduate of Char-Lan DHS and was introduced to the sport of pole vaulting by local coach Rory Blackadder.

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Video: Seguin nabs bronze at senior nationals

Martintown pole vaulter Brennan Seguin scored the bronze medal at the Canadian Track and Field Championships, today in Montreal, with a 4.96-metre jump.

The student-athlete from the University of Guelph, who graduated last June from Char-Lan District High School, was trained locally by Rory Blackadder. He current trains under Gryphons coach James Sniatenchuk.

At the July 28 senior national competition, Seguin cleared the bar set at 4.81 and 4.96 m, both times on his first attempt. With the bar next at 5.11, he missed on his three tries, while two far more experienced vaulters, Deryk Theodore and Nathan Filipek, went on to take the gold and silver medals, respectively.

Born in 1999, this was Seguin’s first trip to nationals. The gold and silver medallists, both from Edmonton, are more seasoned, born in 1989 and 1991, respectively.

Here’s a video of Seguin’s 4.96 m jump, courtesy of Rory Blackadder.

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