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Posted: April 22, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Brannen, Christopher, Lincoln and Reed looking to blaze the track at Penn Relays

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the 2009 Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 25th.  Canada will have two entries in the men’s 4x100-metre relay, an entry in the women’s 4x400-metres and will also send a men’s distance medley relay team.

A quartet of Canadian record holders will make up the men’s distance medley relay team with an eye on finishing first in Philadelphia.  Matthew Lincoln from Scarborough, ON, Tyler Christopher of Edmonton, AB, Gary Reed from Victoria, BC, and Nathan Brannen from Cambridge, ON will race the 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m legs respectively in an attempt to win it all in Philadelphia.

Brannen, the Canadian mile indoor record holder, was a member of the 2008 Olympic Games team, and won the silver medal in the 1500-metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.  400-metres specialist Tyler Christopher won bronze at the 2005 World Championships, took gold at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, and owns the Canadian one-lap record of 44.44 seconds.  Gary Reed won silver at the 2007 World Championships, finished 4th at the 2008 Olympic Games and owns the Canadian 800-metre record of 1 minute 43.68 seconds.  Lincoln is a member of the 4x800-metre relay team which set a new Canadian record in 2007 of 7 minutes 22.83 seconds and is also a member of the 4x800-metres team that established a new indoor record earlier this season.    

Canada’s best placing in the distance medley at Penn Relays was in 2007 with a 3rd place finish in a time of 9:30.20 (Matt Lincoln 3:01.10, Andrew Dargie 46.20, Geoff Harris 1:50.20, Kevin Sullivan 3:52.70).

2009 Penn Relays Team



Personal Coach



Men’s 4x100m



Richard Adu-Bobie


Glenroy Gilbert

Ottawa, ON

Charles Allen


Glenroy Gilbert

Ottawa, ON

Bryan Barnett


Quin Sekulich

Edmonton, AB

Pierre Browne


Derek Evely

North York, ON

Jared Connaughton


Monte Stratton

New Haven, PEI

Sam Effah


Branda Van Tighem

Calgary, AB

Anson Henry


Monte Stratton

Pickering, ON

Hank Palmer


Daniel St-Hilaire

Lasalle, QC

Emanuel Parris


Derek Evely

Edmonton, AB

Oluseyi Smith


Glenroy Gilbert

Ottawa, ON


Men’s DMR



Nathan Brannen


Ron Warhurst

Cambridge, ON

Tyler Christopher


Derek Evely

Edmonton, AB

Matthew Lincoln


Bill Stevens

Scarborough, ON

Gary Reed


Wynn Gmitroski

Victoria, BC


Women’s 4x400m



Esther Akinsulie


Hugh Conlin

Ottawa, ON

Kimberly Hyacinthe


Daniel St-Hilaire

Lachenaie, QC

Jenna Martin


Erin Tucker

Bridgewater, NS

Carline Muir


Derek Evely

Edmonton, AB

Amonn Nelson


Brenda Van Tighem

Calgary, AB

Adrienne Power


Peter Lord

Halifax, NS





Team Staff




Glenroy Gilbert

Head Coach


Ottawa, ON

Molly Killingbeck

Team Coach


Toronto, ON

Emily Colton

Team Manager


Ottawa, ON

Carmen Stillo



Toronto, ON

Dana Way

Technical Support & Biomechanics

Winnipeg, MB


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