You probably can name most Americans that went sub-4 in high school, but Brannen was actually the 7th North American high school athlete to break the barrier. Here he reflects back on that night and how it shaped the rest of his career.
De Grasse won the 100 in 9.99 as Melissa Bishop broke the meet record with 1:59.32. Brandon McBride won the men's race by almost a second in 1:45.25. In the men's 1500 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot beat out Justin Knight and Nate Brannen and Gabriela Stafford beat out Nicole Sifuentes. Mohammed Ahmed won the 5K with Cam Levins only 7th. *Results
*Canada Names Their Olympic Team We're happy to see they named Lanni Marchant in both the 10K and marathon. Levins not named in either the 5K or 10K even though he had the standard in both from last year.
Tweets from Justyn Knight, Jeremy Rae, Sheila Reid, Nicole Sifuentes and Nate Brannen.
*MB: Sheila Reid is losing It - Hilarity Ensues - Says switch from 1500 to mile is "male nostalgia"
In the case of 1500 runner Nate Brannen the answer is definitely yes. Brannen achieved the standard during the IAAF qualifying window, but didn't meet Canada's earlier date to have the time. Right now they don't have any 1500 runners on the team so why wouldn't they send him?
Wheating won in 3:41.41 to win over Canada's Nate Brannen (3:41.66). Higginson ran a Pan Am record to win in 9:48.12 while Shalaya Kipp made it a US 1-2 taking silver in 9:49.96. In the women's 200, US's Kaylin Whitney and Kyra Jefferson took gold and silver for Team USA.
*US Athlete Quotes Including Wheating And Higginson
*MB: Wheating provides a beating
Cam Levins will do the 5/10 double, Brandon McBride in the 800.
*MB: Nate Brannen runs 3:35 but not going to worlds b/c of Canada's early deadline
Track events start on Tuesday and there will be some star power in the 100/200 with hometown phenom Andre De Grasse. The men's 5,000 (Cam Levins, Garrett Heath, David Torrence, Juan Luis Barrios) figures to be exciting, as does the women's 800, which features three sub-1:58 women, led by Alysia Montaño. Plus Andrew Wheating, Kyle Merber and Nate Brannen in the 1500, PPP in the TJ & David Oliver in the 110 hurdles.
Ben True faces Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel as he goes for the IAAF 5000 “A” standard. Chris Derrick and Eric Jenkins also racing. Lauren Johnson, Rachel Schneider go for the standard in the 1500 as they face Mary Cain andNicole Tully. Abbey D’Agostino and Emily Sisson in the 5000, Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, NCAA champ Edward Kemboi and Charles Jock in the 800.
*MB: Start list for Heusden KBC Nacht – True going for standard vs. Derrick, Jenkins, Gebremeskel
Sarah Brown won the 1500 in 4:07.67, while Sheila Reid was 6th (4:11.38). Anthony Romaniw beat Harun Abda in the 800 with 1:47.95, and back in 7th and 1:49.72 was Andrew Wheating. Ross Proudfoot won the 1500 (3:39.62) over Nate Brannen and Wallace Spearmon won the 200 in 20.77.