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
Willis has organized a great event as he faces Nate Brannen, Garrett Heath and Cory Leslie in the men's mile. Women's 800 has Ajee Wilson, Morgan Uceny and Kate Grace.
Brannen has run 3:38 this year which beats the Commonwealth 3:40 standard, but not Athletics Canada's stricter 3:37 standard. Brannen has a 3:34 PR and made the Worlds final last year. Why wouldn't you want to send him?
Bishop: “Ugghhh!!! I know, it’s right there, eh. It does become (a mental thing) because you’re so focused on hitting your splits that — sometimes you just need to put it out of your head and friggin’ run." Nate Brannen's wife is 8-months pregnant so he was bummed to miss the extra $4000 for breaking 3:56 as he won in 3:57.
Eric Avila was 5th and AJ Acosta 6th, both just over 4-minutes. Canada's Melissa Bishop won the 800 (2:00.06) as Erica Moore was 3rd (2:02.14) and Sarah Brown won the mile in 4:26.67 with NCAA 1500 champ Shelby Houlihan 6th (4:33.52).
Charles Jock was 4th (1:49.22), Cas Loxsom 5th (1:49.52). In the sprints LaShawn Merritt won the 400 (44.30), Justin Gatlin ran 10.05 into a significant headwind, Jeneba Tarmoh won the 100 and 200 and Canada's Aaron Brown won the 200 in 20.25 beating Warren Weir and Wallace Spearmon.
Duane Solomon, Nate Brannen, Tylder Mulder, Charles Jock in men's 800. Kate Grace, Charlene Lipsey for the women. Warren Weir and Wallace Spearmon in 200. Justin Gatlin in 100. LaShawn Merritt vs Luguelin Santos in 400.
McDougal was 4th in his heat while the fast section was won by Nate Brannen in 3:55.65 over Cory Leslie (3:57.20). Natoya Goule won the 800 (2:01.29), Nicole Bush the steeple (9:34.76) and Christy Cazzola the women's mile (4:36.99).
*MB: Josh McDougal comeback? Coach Steve Magness?
Willis talks about enjoying chasing prize money on the road much more than stressing about fast times on the DL circuit. He plans to try and run a Commonwealth Games qualifier in the 5000 at Oxy because he thinks he'd really enjoy to be in a tactical 5000 at a championship meet where it just comes down to the last 400.
Talking about before he had a pro career he mentioned a conversation he had with college teammate Nate Brannen when one of them asked the other, “do you think it’s possible you could run professionally? If you could run, what do you want out of it?” Willis said, “I just thought if I could somehow make $30,000 a year, just enough to cover all our expenses so we don’t have to live in the basement anymore, then I could train and race. That was always my goal.”
Willis also talks about how he finds the life of a pro runner the perfect career to have as a new father.
Another good quote from Willis who is 31 was, “People say there are certain ages when you start declining, but if I never knew about that, if I was the first generation to be running, I would just assume I could do this forever. I don’t feel any sign of decline at the moment. It feels like I’m still learning and improving.”
Torrence ran 2:16.76 to break David Krummenacker's 2:17.86. Nate Brannen was 2nd in a Canadian record of 2:16.87 (old record was 2:19.04 by Simon Hoogewerf from 1989) while BU's Rich Peters ran 2:18.55, breaking the old NCAA record of 2:19.53 set by Penn State's Robby Creese in 2012.
*Full BU Last Chance Meet Results
*Discuss *Torrence Interview *Brannen Interview
Nate Brannen wins the mile in 3:58.04.