Monday, December 11, 2023

Males’s U Sports activities move nation convention championships energy ratings


It’s formally “banner” season for Canadian U Sports activities cross-country, as the highest groups around the nation start their bid for a price ticket to the 2023 U Sports activities Championships on Nov. 12, in London, Ont. 

Right here’s an replace on our Canadian Operating males’s XC group energy ratings according to the common season. Moreover, we’ve highlighted a few athletes to look at of their respective meetings, and, after all, everybody’s favorite–predictions!

2022 McMaster Bayfront Open. Photograph: Zachary Sikka

10. St. Francis Xavier X-Males (AUS) -2

9. Alberta Golden Bears (CanWest) *new*

8. Victoria Vikes (CanWest) *new*

Vikes Invitational
Photograph: UVic Vikes/

7. UNB Reds (AUS) -2

6. Guelph Gryphons (OUA) -2

5. Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or (RSEQ) *new*

4. Western Mustangs (OUA) +4

Western University
Photograph: Maxine Gravina

3. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest) +/-

2. Queen’s Gaels (OUA) +/-

1. Laval College (RSEQ) +/-

For the 3rd immediately score in a row, #1 ranked Laval has retained the highest spot within the nation. Their height 4 males, consisting of studs Philippe Morneau-Cartier and Jean-Simon Desgagnés, were unbeatable this season, securing a commanding win on the AUS/RSEQ Interlock meet and hanging 4 in their athletes within the height 5. Laval will have to handily protected their convention name, however the real take a look at in their intensity will come on the 2023 U Sports activities Championships the place they’re going to face Queen’s and UBC for the primary time this season.

Laval XC
The 2023 Laval Rouge-et-Or males’s XC. Photograph: Felix Lapointe (@CoachLapointe)/Twitter

It’s been a dream 12 months for the #2 ranked Queen’s Gaels, who will head into the OUA Championships on Oct. 28 because the favourites. The quartet of Jude Wheeler-Dee, Roman Mironov, Miles Brackenbury and Will Cox have the Gaels coming into November as some of the two groups with the prospective to overcome Laval in London. The opposite group with that canine in them is the UBC Thunderbirds, who’ve been dominant within the CanWest convention and runners-up to Queen’s on the Western Invite previous within the season. Andrew Davies of UBC objectives to win his moment consecutive U Sports activities group name after his victory with the McMaster Marauders closing 12 months.

The Guelph Gryphons have dropped two spots in our ratings after completing 3rd in the back of Western and Queen’s on the Marauder Bayfront Open. Despite the fact that they have been lacking their height runner, Nick Bannon, the Gryphons, who’ve been a dominant pressure in Canadian college XC for the previous 15 years, face an uphill struggle for a top-five end at U Sports activities.

Guelph Nick Bannon
Nick Bannon of Guelph on the 2021 Marauder Bayfront Open. Photograph: Kevin MacKinnon

A group that has quietly climbed our ratings is the Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or. Sherbrooke has completed moment to Laval two times this season and boasts a breakout big name in U Sports activities rookie of the 12 months candidate Xavier Lemaitre. In his first 12 months at Sherbrooke, he has emerged as a top-five contender within the RSEQ convention and has helped the Vert-et-Or protected a second-place end on the RSEQ/AUS Interlock meet.

U Sports activities particular person name contenders

Jean-Simon Desgagnés (Laval Rouge-et-Or)
Phillipe Morneau-Cartier (Laval Rouge-et-Or)
Jared Howse (UNB Reds)
Max Davies (Guelph Gryphons)
Thomas Laviolette (Montreal Carabins)
Andrew Davies (UBC Thunderbirds)
Jude Wheeler-Dee (Queen’s Gaels)
Nicholas Bannon (Guelph Gryphons)

Convention predictions


Workforce name: (#2) Queen’s Gaels
Person name: Jude-Wheeler Dee (Queen’s)


Workforce name: (#3) UBC Thunderbirds
Person name: Andrew Davies (UBC)


Workforce name: (#1) Laval Rouge-et-Or 
Person name: Philippe Morneau-Cartier (Laval)


Workforce name: (#10) St Francis Xavier X-Males 
Person name: Jared Howse (UNB Reds)


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