• Won state cross-country championship in 1962, becoming the first state champion in school history.
  • CCHS Scholar-Athlete award winner for 1963.

In the fall of his senior year, in 1962, Frank Lagotic won the state high school cross country championship. His performance helped Columbus finish second in the state meet.

Frank also was impressive in track where he set a record for the mile at the Miami High Relays.  Later that season, he went on to win the state championship in the mile with a time of 4 minutes 23 seconds.

A funny aside about Frank was that when asked what was the most significant event of his high school sports career, he said it was the day Carter Burrs ended his football career on the practice field.

He received an appointment to West Point.  He later transferred to the University of Florida where he won the Southeast Conference championship in cross-country in 1967.

Frank went on to receive a master’s degree in exercise physiology and, in 1977, he was awarded a doctorate degree in education administration. Frank has been a professor at Sante Fe Community College for 38 years.

He lives in Gainesville with his wife Jean.