Char-Lan’s Seguin golden at OFSAA
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Brennan Seguin is Char-Lan District High School’s golden boy once again, having nabbed the provincial title in the senior boys pole vault competition last week, at OFSAA, in Toronto.
The veteran Crusader felt good about the contest, even though he was still hampered by a nagging groin injury sustained at a previous meet.
Seguin describes the battle with the eventual second-place finisher as one where the boys went toeto-toe for a while, with both of them looking to achieve greater heights than where they finished.
The Char-Lan student-athlete won with a 4.40 metre jump, a mark he achieved on his first attempt. The OFSAA silver medallist, with whom Seguin has developed a rivalry over the years, Woodstock’s Nojah Parker, cleared 4.40 m on his third try.
Both boys went for it at 4.50 m,
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Seguin won gold over Parker, based on attempts in the previous round.
The bronze medallist, Delhi’s Kyle Lewis, went out at 4.30 m.
Seguin, who will be attending the University of Guelph this fall, where he will continue his pole vaulting passion as a Gryphon, will next compete July 8, at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.
The Crusader concludes his high school sports career with four OFSAA gold medals and one bronze, to be the most decorated athlete in Char-Lan history.
Rory Blackadder, a former teacher at the school now teaching at St. Lawrence HS in Cornwall, has continued to work with
Another Char-Lan athlete also competed at OFSAA last week, as Julia Richard achieved a personal best 11.19 m result in the senior girls triple jump.
Each of her three rounds she improved, starting with a 10.44 m jump and then a result of 10.64, before achieving her best result, which placed her 10th.
Le Relais’ Eric Cumberbatch, in the junior boys triple jump, finished 7th, with a best jump of 13.09 m.
Stephanie Leask, from Holy Trinity, competed in the OFSAA senior girls 400 m hurdles, placing 13th overall, with a time of 1 minute, 7.04 seconds. Leask fell short of qualifying for the final round, three seconds behind the eighth and final qualifier, in the preliminary run.
She had previously achieved her personal best result at East Regionals, in Kingston, where the Falcon managed a time of 1:06.85.
Glengarry DHS’ Kady Jeaurond was a double entrant at the provincial high school meet.
In the preliminary round of the junior girls 400 m dash, the Gael ran a time of 58.17 seconds, an improvement of more than a second over her Easter Regional result, where she snagged silver.
The time at OFSAA ranked her eighth going into the final run the next day, where she was disqualified.
The junior girls 300 m hurdles saw Jeaurond also improve on her mark from the previous meet, but it wasn’t enough to carry her into the provincial final. The Gael ended up 12th, with a time of 47.28 seconds.
GOLDEN: Coach Rory Blackadder, left, congratulates OFSAA gold medallist Brennan Seguin, of Char-Lan.