Track and field: 10 things to watch at the Pasco Invite

April 17, 2014 

The 53rd annual Pasco Invite kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium.

The fabled meet will feature plenty of star power, including Kamiakin’s Ellie Heiden and Wenatchee’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims.

Here are 10 things to watch at this edition:

Boys 100 meters

Brandt-Sims has rarely been challenged in his signature race throughout high school, but that might change today thanks to Hanford’s Ben Kelly, who has had a tremendous start to the season. Brandt-Sims is the three-time defending state champion in the event. Prelims at 10:55 a.m., finals at 1:15 p.m.

Outstanding athletes

Kamiakin’s Heiden and Wenatchee’s Brandt-Sims have a chance to join elite company if they win the outstanding athlete awards Saturday.

Heiden has won two in a row, while Brandt-Sims won last year. They could both easily win again this weekend.

Only two males have won the award in consecutive years. Wilson’s Aaron Williams in 1977 and 78 and Ellensburg’s JaWarren Hooker in 1996 and 97.

Only one female has won the event at least three years in a row, as Rainier Beach’s Ginnie Powell won it four times from 1999 to 2002.

Rogers’ Becca Noble won two in a row in 2004 and 2005 and Walla Walla’s Seville Broussard won two in 1993 and 94.

Kamiakin girls

The Braves set the meet record for points scored in 2013, racking up 101. Heiden won four events, Megan Beauchene and Elisa Grandemange each won one, and the Braves won two relays. Nearly everyone from that group returns.

Boys 1 mile

Mount Spokane’s John Dressel has the sixth best time in the state in the 1,600 and top time in the 3,200. He finished third at state cross country this last fall and is the favorite in this event today. Noon.

Girls 1 mile

This could be one of the best races of the day, as Kamiakin’s Megan Beauchene faces off with Lakeside (Seattle) junior Andrea Masterson. Beauchene is a Washington signee, while Masterson won the state cross country title last fall. 12:30 p.m.

Girls discus

The top two throwers in the state are from rival high schools. Kennewick’s Samantha Lester comes in as the top seed at 143-0, while Kamiakin’s Elisa Grandemange is at 136-8. Grandemange is the defending state champion in the event. 10 a.m.

Boys pole vault

In what could have been a showdown, Mead’s Braden Barranco will have to wait to face off with Richland’s Larry Still until the regional meet. Still cleared 15-1 in the event last Saturday, but will be at the Oregon Relays this Saturday. Barranco has gone 15-0 this season. 9:30 a.m.

Boys 4x100 relay

Five of the top nine times in the state so far this season will be featured in the sprint relay, including Walla Walla which returns three runners from last season’s third-place finish at state. 2 p.m. (4 heats).

Boys 300 hurdles

The top time in Idaho (Lewiston’s Zion Stuffle, 38.35) vs. the top time in Washington (Lakewood’s Andrew Stich, 39.27). 3:25 p.m. (5 heats).

Boys high jump

Bothell’s Keelan Halligan cleared 6-8 earlier this year, which is second in the state so far this season. With light winds predicted, Halligan could certainly go after that mark and possibly higher. 1:45 p.m.

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