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.
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.
The intermediate (Grade 7/8) girls soccer team from École secondaire catholique Le Relais in Alexandria topped the field at the September 24 CSDCEO (French Catholic school board) tournament, nabbing the championship amongst the 12 squads in contention.
Coached by Marc Séguin, les Rapides played to round-robin results of 7-0 versus Plantagenet, nil-nil with Casselman, and 3-1 against.
In the ‘A’ final, Le Relais battled La Citadelle. The game was back-and-forth action, says Séguin, with both schools getting great chances to score. At full time, the score stood at 1-1. A shootout was needed to decide the winner, and that’s how les Rapides prevailed.
In the boys division, Le Relais also reached the ‘A’ final, falling short to les Patriotes, to finish in second place.
For the second straight year, the boys golf team from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais has won the Franco golf championship. The September 20 tournament, held in Casselman, saw the foursome of Jeremy Chénier, Tyler Séguin, Jeffrey Willard, and Maxime Brunet, under the guidance of coach Françis Charlebois, prevail in the recreational division (best ball), beating out 31 other teams. Les Rapides shot 61 to finish 11 under par at the at the Casselview Golf Club.
Charlebois tells me, “The boys played a really good round. Overall, all of them played off their strengths and came in clutch with a lot of shots. They made a lot of clutch putts as well (Tyler sunk a 35 footer for a birdie).”
The 2019-20 CCHL2 season officially begins for the Char-Lan Rebels on September 20, when the boys skate into Winchester to take on the Hawks. The next night, they will be on home ice, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, hosting the Ottawa Jr. Canadians to complete week one of the new junior ‘B’ hockey season.
The team has bid adieu to goaltender Grant Craig, who has opted out of his final year of junior hockey eligibility to focus on his journalism studies. Instead, the Rebels are going with the tandem of Dawson Irving (who previously played for the Rebs) and newcomer Devon Popp.
The blueline core is experienced, with just one rookie amongst them. However, of the 11 forwards signed, five are first-year junior players. Dunvegan’s Liam MacDonald will be key im providing leadership up front.
Char-Lan closed out its exhibition schedule last Saturday with a 4-1 victory over the Casselman Vikings. Paul Walhauser, Joseph Samson, Liam MacDonald, and Dillon Spinner were the marksmen, with assists credited to Wade Moak, Rylan Iwachniuk, and Aiden Leroux. Irving made 27 saves between the pipes for the win.
Seguin remains with Rebels as trainer
The Rebs have added to their bench staff, with Dylan Seguin joining the team as head trainer and assistant coach. Seguin was a defensive force in his playing days with the Rebels, from the 2015-16 through 2018-19 seasons. Jeff Carter is back as head coach.
The 2019-20 edition of the Cornwall Typhoons midget ‘AA’ girls hockey team features Lancaster’s Chloéanne Séguin, on defence. The 2002-born player wears number 14. Last season, she was a member of the Glengarry Highlanders.
The Typhoons draw players from across Eastern Ontario, as well as northern New York. The ladies compete in the ODWHA and are scheduled to drop the puck on season play today, September 8.
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.