As autumn approaches, it’s that point of yr once more, once we unveil our annual pre-season U Sports activities cross-country energy ratings.
Right here’s how our ratings perform: When a workforce secures wins, their place within the ratings ascends, whilst losses make them slip down. We’ll be offering updates to those ratings each and every 3 weeks during the season as we construct as much as the 2023 U Sports activities Championships scheduled for Nov. 12, in London, Ont.
With handiest 8 weeks till the 2023 U Sports activities XC Championships, listed below are the ratings of the country’s height 10 males’s groups, and a couple of athletes to keep watch over for the person name this season.
10. McGill Redbirds (RSEQ)
9. McMaster Marauders (OUA)
8. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS)
7. Victoria Vikes (CanWest)
6. St. Francis Xavier X-Males (AUS)
5. Western College (OUA)
4. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest)
3. Guelph Gryphons (OUA)
2. Queen’s Gaels (OUA)
1. Laval College (RSEQ)
Laval Rouge-et-Or’s males’s workforce reclaims the top-ranked place in our ratings as they head into the 2023 XC season. This follows their second-place end to the McMaster Marauders in Halifax final yr. Jean-Simon Desgagnés returns to U Sports activities festival for what we consider is his ultimate yr of U Sports activities eligibility. Desgagnés not too long ago completed 8th within the males’s 3,000m steeplechase on the 2023 International Athletics Championships in Budapest. The Rouge-et-Or have additionally introduced again two in their height two runners from the former season, Philippe Morneau-Cartier and Jonathan Tedeschi, at the side of the brand new addition of 2021 Olympic triathlete Alexis Lepage. Les Rouges are creating a concerted effort to win gold in London come November.
With McMaster shedding Alex Drover and Max Turek to commencement, Queen’s and Guelph are poised to step up and contend for the OUA name and to problem Laval for the U Sports activities championship come November. Every other workforce to look at carefully is UBC, particularly with the addition of Andrew Davies, who completed 7th within the males’s 5,000m on the Canadian monitor nationals in July. The Western Invitational on Sept. 23 will witness UBC, Queen’s, Guelph, and Western going head-to-head.
Particular person name contenders
Jean-Simon Desgagnés (Laval Rouge-et-Or)
Phillipe Morneau-Cartier (Laval Rouge-et-Or)
Marcel Scheele (Western Mustangs)
Max Davies (Guelph Gryphons)
Andrew Davies (UBC Thunderbirds)
Jude Wheeler-Dee (Queen’s Gaels)
Roman Mironov (Queen’s Gaels)
Jon Podbielski (Regina Cougars)