The 2022 U Sports activities cross-country season is formally in full swing, and most of the high groups within the nation have competed a couple of times to shake off the summer season rust.
All roads result in the 2022 U Sports activities Championships in Halifax, N.S., on Nov. 12. Let’s get issues began with our second version of the U Sports activities XC energy rankings, trying on the high 10 ladies’s groups within the nation, along with some projections of the U Sports activities top-five athletes come November based mostly on efficiency.
10. Montreal Carabins (RSEQ) -1
The Carabins confirmed nice potential to begin the season, ending third on the McGill Invite in Montreal behind Laval and Queens. Rookie Marine Garnier emerges as an early bid for rookie of the 12 months with a fifth-overall end in her first college race. Though it’s nonetheless early within the season, the Carabins want a fifth runner to assist the highest 4.
9. Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA) +1
There aren’t many expectations for this younger Varsity Blues squad this season, however they put in an excellent efficiency on the Western Invite, inserting fifth. The Varsity Blues have an above-average high seven that may constantly carry out whatever the course or circumstances. I believe they might catch a number of groups off-guard this season as they virtually did to the third-ranked Western ladies on the Western Invite.
8. Saskatchewan Huskies (CanWest) -3
The Huskies are one of many solely groups within the nation who haven’t competed but. They’ll host the Sled Canine Open on Oct. 1, with 2021 fifth-place U Sports activities XC finisher Kaitlyn Harrison main the best way.
7.Queen’s Gaels (OUA) +1
The Gaels put up a strong second-place end on the McGill open behind top-ranked Laval. Manon Plouvier led the best way for the Gaels with a seven-place end in Montreal after lacking final 12 months’s U Sports activities XC season with an damage. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how this crew fares towards OUA competitors, however we probably received’t see them compete towards the highest OUA groups till McMaster’s Bayfront Open on Oct. 14.
6. St. Francis Xavier X-Ladies (AUS) +1
The X-Ladies began the 2022 season with a bang, inserting eight ladies within the high 10 at their season opener in Antigonish, N.S., to take the win in AUS convention motion and achieve one spot in our rankings. Eileen Benoit and Allie Sandluck led the best way for the X-Ladies, tieing for the win over 8K. The X-Ladies will head south of the border to Lehigh College in Pennslyvania to compete this weekend, then tackle the Carabins and Rouge-et-Or on the Interlock meet on Oct. 8.
5. Western Mustangs (OUA) -2
Regardless of lacking two high runners, the Mustangs nonetheless fell wanting expectations at their Western Invite meet. Even when the 2 lacking runners have been within the lineup for the Mustangs, the drop-off to the fifth runner is an excessive amount of to cope with OUA rivals McMaster and Guelph. Hopefully, it’s solely up from right here for the Mustangs, who discover themselves down two spots.
4. McMaster Marauders (OUA) +2
The Marauders achieve two spots after a strong third-place efficiency by their squad on the Western Invite. Hannah Goodjohn led the best way for the Mauraders, ending third total. Goodjohn has continued to enhance all through her first two seasons with McMaster and will likely be one to look at in meets to return. The Mauraders will look to take the win in OUA motion on the Don Olson Traditional on Oct. 2 in Waterloo, Ont.
3. UBC Thunderbirds (CanWest) +1
The Thunderbirds ladies’s crew is up one spot after beating UBC Okanagan of their head-to-head race on the Vancouver Spirit Run at Vancouver’s Jericho Seashore. Guelph switch Kiana Gibson led the best way for UBC successful the 8K race in 30:18. UBC positioned 5 runners within the high six to take high honours over UBC Okanagan. They’ll subsequent be in motion on the TWU Invite on Oct. 8.
2. Guelph Gryphons (OUA) 0
The Guelph ladies’s crew had a strong begin to the XC season, beating the top-ranked Laval to win the Western Invite. Who knew Hannah Woodhouse had extra eligibility… Not us. Woodhouse positioned fifth total on the Western Invite and will likely be an enormous addition to this deep Guelph crew. The Gryphons will be part of the sixth-ranked StFX at Lehigh College this weekend.
1. Laval Rouge-et-Or (RSEQ) 0
The Rouge-et-Or is without doubt one of the solely groups who’ve already competed twice this season. Laval received the McGill open with Catherine Beauchemin and Jade Bérubé going one-two in Montreal. Beauchemin sat out for the Western Invite the next week, however Bérubé took over, successful the 8K race by half a minute.
Their top-five runners might all be within the high 15 at U Sports activities, and their high runner Jessy Lacourse hasn’t even run this season. Lacourse is listed to make her season debut at Laval’s RSEQ Interlock meet on Oct. 8.
Particular person title High 5:
- Jessy Lacourse (Laval)
- Catherine Beauchemin (Laval)
- Kiana Gibson (UBC)
- Jade Bérubé (Laval)
- Hannah Woodhouse (Guelph)