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2022 Males’s U Sports activities cross nation pre-season energy rankings

You’ll be able to scent it within the air: Canadian college cross nation (XC) is again this weekend, with lots of the nation’s high groups getting ready for his or her first meets of the season.

That is our official pre-season energy rankings of the highest 10 males’s groups within the nation, along with a few athletes to look at for this season of their respective conferences. All roads result in the 2022 U Sports activities Championships in Halifax on Nov. 12.

Andrew Davies of McMaster passes Guelph’s Nick Bannon and Mitch Ubene on the 2021 Bayfront Invite. Picture: Kevin MacKinnon

Cross-country is a extremely variable occasion, however right here is how Canada’s high college groups stack up in Canadian Working‘s projection of the 2022 U Sports activities Cross-Nation Championships, based mostly on private bests, previous race outcomes, and expertise.

If a staff is profitable, they may climb the rankings. If a staff is shedding, they slide. That’s the fantastic thing about this train. Now let’s get into the rankings.

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

The X-Males completed useless final (15 of 15) on the 2021 U Sports activities XC Championships, however they have been a younger staff that simply had a tricky day on the Plains of Abraham. Over the summer season, coach Eric Gillis and firm have added a stellar recruiting class with tons of potential. The X-Males may shock a number of groups this season. 

9. Queens Gaels (OUA)

Because the season rolled on final 12 months, the Gaels solely received higher. Their high finisher at U Sports activities, Mitchell Kirby, is again for his remaining season and backed by 5 sturdy runners behind him. Roman Mironov, the 2021 OUA Rookie of the 12 months, solely continues to get higher, setting PBs from the 1,500m to the 5,000m through the summer season. If their high guys keep wholesome, the Gaels will probably be a podium risk on the OUA Championships.

Queen’s runner Roman Mironov leads a pack of males on the 2021 Western Invite. Picture: Marley Dickinson

8. Calgary Dinos (CanWest)

This staff will experience the shoulders of Eric Lutz. Final 12 months, Lutz cracked the highest 10 at U Sports activities XC and will probably be one of many outright title favourites for this season. In August, the 24-year-old received the 800m and 1,500m double for Workforce Alberta on the Canada Summer season Video games. Outdoors of Lutz, their high 5 are common at finest and might want to string collectively some stable performances to have any shot at contending, come November.

Calgary’s Eric Lutz completed eighth on the 2021 U Sports activities Championships

7. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS)

The Tigers had a good seventh-place end at U Sports activities final season, with 4 guys ending inside the highest 50. Now as hosts of the 2022 U Sports activities Championships on Nov. 12, the Tigers will obtain an computerized bid. Each member of their high 5 from U Sports activities final 12 months is again for yet another kick on the can.

I’m not bought on the Tigers but, however wouldn’t be stunned if this staff completed within the high 5.

6. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest)

Final 12 months, the Thunderbirds simply missed the rostrum, ending fourth at U Sports activities. The staff has huge sneakers to fill with Thomas Nobbs gone, however may a number of of their youthful athletes fill the void? Tyler Dozzi and firm will look to guide the birds to a different CanWest title and a top-five end at U Sports activities.

5. McGill Martlets (RSEQ)

McGill has numerous expertise up entrance, with Matthew Beaudet and Jack Stanley, plus a promising younger staff behind them. The Martlets lack the depth of the highest 4 groups ranked forward, however definitely may shock a number of groups this season.

4. Western Mustangs (OUA) 

5 of the Mustangs ran beneath the Purple and White Intrasquad meet course document final Friday, which can consider why they’re ranked fourth. There have been excessive expectations for the Mustangs final 12 months, however they managed to come back up quick (ultimately being crushed by a youthful Queen’s staff at U Sports activities). Guelph and McMaster are the extra superior groups within the OUA convention this season, however Western has the potential to be the very best of the remaining.

Western’s Marcel Scheele and Ethan Loucks on the 2021 Western Invite. Picture: Marley Dickinson

3. Laval Rouge-et-Or (RSEQ)

Introducing “Les champions,” I’ll 100 per cent be roasted within the Rouge-et-Or group chat for placing the “boys of fall” within the third spot. Jean-Simon Desgagnés claims he’s coming again for yet another shot at glory and to maintain the U Sports activities trophy in Quebec Metropolis. Thomas Fafard, who received U Sports activities silver final 12 months, has moved on from Laval however the Rouge-et-Or have 4 of their high 5 returning. Regardless of being ranked third, they’re nonetheless the staff to beat in U Sports activities.

2. McMaster Marauders (OUA)

After a number of years of making an attempt to succeed in a podium, the McMaster males lastly pulled it off in 2021 with their U Sports activities bronze. The trio of Alex Drover, Andrew Davies and Max Turek are all again for one final shot at U Sports activities gold. If the Marauders can keep wholesome, they might be the staff to beat for the U Sports activities title, come November.

1. Guelph Gryphons (OUA)

Regardless of the 2021 U Sports activities champion Mitch Ubene lastly graduating, this staff remains to be exceptionally gifted. Alec Purnell and John Perrier return after a improbable summer season on the monitor, and the addition of Max Davies from Iona School within the NCAA is a big plus. Guelph has an outstanding high seven who’re solely getting higher. They’re out for vengeance this season after ending second to Laval in 2021.

The Guelph Gryphons are Canadian Working’s preseason decide to win the 2022 U Sports activities staff title in Halifax.

Particular person Title Prime 5:

  1. Trevor Hofbauer (UBC Okanagan)
  2. Jean-Simon Desgagnés (Laval)
  3. Alec Purnell (Guelph)
  4. Eric Lutz (Calgary)
  5. Matthew Beaudet (McGill)



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