AURORA | In the long, long history of the Robert F. Caviness Invitational, the Gateway boys had never claimed the championship of the event.
Until Saturday at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, when the Olys topped a 16-team field to win the 61st annual event organized by Craig and Marla Caviness — the children of late Hinkley track coach and meet founder Bob Caviness — and the APS district.
Gateway collected five event titles on its way to 137 points, which was enough to outdistance hard-charging Poudre with its 127. Rangeview finished 3rd, Aurora Central 13th and defending champion Hinkley 14th to round out Aurora representation. The Raiders and Thunderbirds were minus some of their top-end athletes who were in competition at the Mullen Invitational.
The Olys have excelled in the jumping events in the early stages of the season and the Caviness Invitational was no exception. Gateway’s Daiquan Hill, Richard Safoh and Kevin Traylor Jr. finished 1-2-3 in the triple jump, while Traylor and Hill went 1-2 in the long jump as well.
Junior Yonas Mogos swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs and Elijah Williams bested teammate Traylor in the 200 to account for many of the Olys’ points.
Rangeview’s Aiden Clayton posted the only other win for an Aurora athlete in the boys competition as he won the 100 meters.
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61ST ROBERT F. CAVINESS INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET
April 6 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium
Boys team scores: 1. GATEWAY 137 points; 2. Poudre 127; 3. RANGEVIEW 79; 4. Lyons 66; 5. Lewis-Palmer 54; 6. Denver West 47; 7. Prairie View 40; 8. Broomfield 36; 9. Jefferson Academy 33; 10. Lutheran 18; 11. Thornton 17.5; 12. Holy Family 14.5; 13. AURORA CENTRAL 9; T14. HINKLEY 7; T14. Falcon 7; 16. Atlas Prep 5; 16. Colorado Springs Christian 5