PASCO -- The 50th annual Pasco Invite will feature a slew of special events today to go along with the standard fare.
There will be seven golden events to celebrate the anniversary, including the golden mile, the 100-yard dash, 110-meter high hurdles, the 4x400 relay with golden batons, the long jump, pole vault and javelin. The golden events will have extra scoring and recognition.
The golden mile will be run in connection with the opening ceremony at noon at Pasco's Edgar Brown Stadium.
The meet kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with running preliminaries and boys pole vault.
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A strong field is set to descend on Pasco yet again, featuring roughly 1,400 athletes from 100 schools from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Ten defending Pasco Invite champions will compete, all on the girls side. Every single 2010 boys winner was a senior.
Among the notable area participants will be Kamiakin's Anthony Armstrong (golden mile), Pasco's Brandon Search (110 hurdles, high jump, long jump), Othello's Christine Kirkwood (javelin), Southridge's Andrea Smith (100 hurdles, long jump), Chiawana's Shelby Ells-worth (javelin) and Richland's Lauren Perry (golden mile).