Julio Travieso (’64) – Track & Field
The Class of 1964 produced the first Columbus High graduates who attended Columbus for four years. It seems only appropriate that this class of pioneers produced the most first-time members of the Sports Hall of Fame: Jim Cox, Tito Gomez, Jim McKirchy the fourth member of the Class of 64 – Julio Travieso.
Julio enters the Sports Hall of Fame in track and field. He is one of the first in a long line of Columbus athletes to be honored in that sport as first-team All-County. Although Julio was also a sprinter, his specialty event was the long jump. He set the school record in the event.
On his best day, Julio won 5 individual events in a meet against McArthur high school. Julio also ran cross country at Columbus and was the school’s 1964 Sportsmanship Award winner.
He earned a scholarship to the University of Miami where he competed for three years before the school shut the track program.
Today, Julio is a computer technician in the Marion County School system.
He and his wife Nora have three children, including a son, James, who graduated from Columbus in 1991. They also have 5 grandchildren.