Once considered a Southern Section small high-school gathering, the 69th annual Pasadena Games took on a much larger profile in Saturday afternoon's second and final day of races at Pasadena City College.
One of the biggest changes occurred with the appearance of Olympic and U.S. National Team runners, who competed throughout the course of the day.
Perhaps the most touted event was the open 400-meter relay.
The Nike Team that ran in the fifth lane consisted of starter Jason Richardson (2011 110-meter hurdle World Champion), Richard Thompson (second at 2008 Olympics in the 100 dash), Jaysuma Ndure (100-meter African championship bronze medalist) and anchor Walter Dix (2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 and 200).
While Richardson blazed to a quick start and Thompson built an insurmountable lead, the baton was dropped between the third and fourth hand off, thus disqualifying the dream team.
Even so, Dix still continued running and crossed the finish line two seconds faster than anyone else.