Christopher Hosford (’65) – Track & Field
Christopher Hosford, ’65, was one of the fastest Florida schoolboy middle-distance runners of his day. Thanks to the guidance of Columbus hall-of-fame coach John Roche and Chris’s father Tom Sharpe, he earned all-state honors in both the 1-mile and 880-yard runs, and continued the dominant Columbus running tradition established by hall-of-famers Frank Lagotic (’63) and Ed Gehret (’64).
As a sophomore, Chris lettered on the cross-country team’s runner-up finish at the state meet, and later won the Dade County sophomore and Florida Junior Olympics 1 mile titles. As a junior, he placed 1st (tie) at the Greater Miami Athletic Conference cross-country championships over 2 miles.
As a senior, Chris notched the Dade/Broward championship 880-yard title in record time; the Catholic diocese 1-mile championship; and a 1-mile record win at the FHSAA district meet. His 3rdplace at the state meet was his only 1-mile loss of the year, but he bounced back at the All-State meet to defeat the state champion in a meet record, earning All-State MVP honors. As a senior, Chris recorded an 880-yard school record of 1:58.2 and a 1-mile best of 4:21.0—both of which compare well to today’s metric equivalents—and received both Columbus’s outstanding athlete and school spirit awards his senior year.
Christopher Hosford gained a full scholarship in track & field and cross country to the University of Florida, and lettered in both sports. Before injuries shortened his career, Chris set the university’s freshman 1-mile and sophomore 2-mile records; won 3rd place in the Florida Relays 2 mile as a sophomore behind Olympian Oscar Moore; and defeated Olympic champion Bob Schul in a 3000-meter race in Redwood City, California.