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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Cross Country Queens: Gaels top first national poll in 14 years

U SPORTS Staff

Sumner led the Gaels on Saturday, defending her title on home course

The Queen’s Gaels (women) and defending champion Laval Rouge et Or (men) are the top-ranked teams in the nation to begin the U SPORTS cross country season.

For Queen’s, it’s the first No.1 ranking since 2003, when they claimed the pole position in the initial three weeks of the season (Sept. 17, 24 and Oct.1, 2003). Last fall, the Gaels earned the team silver medal at the U SPORTS national race, with 2017 BLG Award nominee Claire Sumner winning the individual gold medal. Sumner led the Gaels again on Saturday, defending her title on home course at the Queen’s invitational in a time of 28:45.75. The Gaels head to London, Ont. for the Western Invitational this Saturday.

On the men’s side, the Rouge et Or are the team to beat after winning the first national banner in program history last fall on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Danny Racine crossed the line second in 19:45 on Saturday, as Laval finished as the top U SPORTS school at the McGill Open. Up next, they will compete at Sherbrooke’s Vert & Or Invitational on Saturday.

In women’s soccer, No.10 MacEwan (4-0-0) is ranked for the first time in program history since the Griffins began competing in U SPORTS in 2014. Laval (4-0-0) maintains its position at No.1 alongside Alberta (men’s soccer) and StFX (women’s rugby) for another week.

U SPORTS TOP 10 Tuesday Rankings – Sept. 19, 2017

Men's Cross Country

Rank School Votes (pts) Previous
1 Laval 97 -
2 Guelph 84 -
3 Trinity Western 72 -
4 Western 59 -
5 McMaster 48 -
6 Queen's 42 -
7 Calgary 30 -
8 Victoria 29 -
9 Windsor 25 -
10 McGill 17 -
Other team receiving votes: StFX (13),
Dalhousie (9), Regina (8), Sherbrooke (5), Toronto (5), Manitoba (3),
Montreal (3), Alberta (2), Ottawa (1), UNB (1)

Women's Cross Country 

Rank School Votes (pts) Previous
1 Queen's 93 -
2 Guelph 89 -
3 Trinity Western 66 -
4 Toronto 62 -
5 Laval 38 -
6 McGill 37 -
7 Western 33 -
8 Victoria 31 -
9 McMaster 21 -
10 Calgary 19 -
Other team receiving votes: Dalhousie (14), StFX (11), Alberta (11),
Saskatchewan (10), Sherbrooke (9), Acadia (3),
Ottawa (3), Manitoba (2), Montreal (2), Laurentian (1)

Women's Rugby 

Rank School  Season Votes (pts) Previous
1 StFX (2-0) 184 1
2 Laval (3-0) 146 2
3 Guelph (2-0) 124 3
4 Calgary (0-0) 111 4
5 Ottawa (2-1) 98 5
6 McMaster (2-0) 81 6
7 Queen’s (2-1) 69 7
8 Victoria (1-0) 65 9
9 Concordia (2-1) 45 8
10 Acadia (2-0) 17 10
Other teams receiving votes:  Brock (8), UBC (2), Lethbridge (1), Western (1)

Women's Soccer

Rank School Season Votes (pts) Previous
1 Laval (4-0-0) 60 1
2 UOIT (7-0-0) 53 2
3 UBC (4-1-0) 49 3
4 Ottawa (5-1-1) 40 4
5 Western (6-1-0) 25 NR
6 Montreal (2-0-2) 24 6
7 Memorial (4-0-0) 21 9
8 Queen's (4-1-1) 18 5
9 Cape Breton (3-0-0) 17 8
10 MacEwan (4-0-0) 13 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (4) Alberta (3) Trinity Western (3)

 Men's Soccer

Rank School Season Votes (pts) Previous
1 Alberta (5-0-1) 60 1
2 UBC (5-0-1) 52 2
3 Montreal (4-0-0) 45 4
4 Ryerson (7-0-1) 44 7
5 Guelph (6-1-1) 33 5
6 Toronto (6-0-2) 29 3
7 StFX (4-0-0) 28 10
8 Cape Breton  (2-0-1) 18 6
9 UQAM (2-1-0) 8 8
10 Western (5-0-2) 8 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Laval (7), Dalhousie (1)