Fitness testing results: Which players stood out?

A look at the top performers from preseason fitness testing

VANCOUVER, BC – For the players, they’re excruciating. For the training staff, they’re a necessary evil. And for the rest of us?

They’re just fun to watch.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC are off to sunny Arizona on Monday, but first they had to undergo their annual preseason fitness tests on Friday at the University of British Columbia.

Fortunately, whitecapsfc.com was there to capture all of the fun.

The team was split up into two groups, defenders/goalkeepers and midfielders/strikers, and each player had to test at stations for speed, agility, endurance, and jumping.

As expected, Erik Hurtado and Darren Mattocks were the cream of the crop in the various speed tests, but there were some other standouts as well – including many from Whitecaps FC’s Residency program.

Like Hurtado and Mattocks, Residency centre back Jackson Farmer finished in the top five in all but two of the seven categories. U-23 right back Ethen Sampson was the next best performer across the board, having finished in the top five in four of the seven categories.

Here are the top five players from each category:

Midfielders and strikers undergo the dreaded Yo-Yo test

ENDURANCE (Yo-Yo intermittent test)

1. Russell Teibert
2. Mitch Piraux
3. Marco Bustos
4. Sam Adekugbe
5. Bryce Alderson

AGILITY

1. Steven Beitashour
2. Mitch Piraux
3. Ethen Sampson
4. Ben Fisk
5. Jackson Farmer

10-METRE SPRINT

1. Darren Mattocks: 1.61 seconds
2. Erik Hurtado: 1.67 seconds
3. Carlyle Mitchell: 1.68 seconds
4. Ethen Sampson: 1.68 seconds
5. Jackson Farmer: 1.69 seconds

20-METRE SPRINT

1. Darren Mattocks: 2.79 seconds
2. Erik Hurtado: 2.84 seconds
3. Ethen Sampson: 2.87 seconds
4. Jackson Farmer: 2.88 seconds
5. Carlyle Mitchell: 2.88 seconds

30-METRE SPRINT

1. Erik Hurtado: 3.91 seconds
2. Darren Mattocks: 3.92 seconds
3. Ethen Sampson: 3.98 seconds
4. Jordan Cyrus: 3.99 seconds
5. Jackson Farmer: 4.01 seconds

COUNTER MOVEMENT JUMP (start from upright standing position):

1. Nolan Wirth: 34.7 inches
2. Erik Hurtado: 32.7 inches
3. Darren Mattocks: 32 inches
4. Jordan Cyrus: 31.7 inches
5. Jackson Farmer: 31.6 inches

VERTICAL JUMP WITH RUN UP:

1. Erik Hurtado: 35.7 inches
2. Nolan Wirth: 34.1 inches
3. Kianz Froese: 33.9 inches
4. Ben Fisk: 33.2 inches
5. Darren Mattocks: 33.1 inches

* Kekuta Manneh and Kenny Miller did not take part in the tests. 

Are you surprised by any of these results?

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