Saturday, August 08, 2009

Couple of updates about two North Bay running legends...

Thanks to Harry Skandera of Santa Rosa Christian for letting us know that Dan Aldridge is now coaching again at the high school level at Sonoma Academy.

Aldridge previously coached at Maria Carrillo HS where he raised the level of the Pumas to compete at the state level. Several of his outstanding runners included his own daughter, Jenny, who won the 2000 1600m. state meet final in 4:49.63. He's pictured in the photo below courtesy of with two of his former runners, Kristen Sanzari and Leanne Fogg. Dan was a great runner himself as he still holds the Petaluma HS record in the 800m. with a time of 1:49.21 (on dirt). He stepped down from his post at Maria Carrillo a few years ago to ignite his own running again as he approached his 50th birthday.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat mentioned his return to the hs coaching ranks in the following bit:


Former Maria Carrillo track and cross country coach Danny Aldridge will take over the cross country program at Sonoma Academy.

Following a college career at USC, Santa Rosa JC and San Luis Obispo, that included being named an NCAA All American at USC in 1976, a JC state champion in the 1,500 meters and a two-time national champ in the 1,500 at Cal Poly SLO, Aldridge also turned pro and ran in the World University Games.

Aldridge is an owner and manager at Heart and Sole running store in downtown Santa Rosa.

The other runner of prominence from the Santa Rosa area is Julia Stamps (pictured above with her daughter Ashlin thanks the SR Press Democrat). For those of you that remember Stamps, she had one of the finest high school running careers in the state of CA. Her times in hs included a 4:42.79 1600m. and a 10:12.20 3200m. She attended Stanford where she was a 6 time all-American. You can read more about Stamps in the following article in the SR PD:

New path leads Stamps in old direction

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Julia Stamps was amazing. Great to see her making a comeback after that terrible skateboarding accident.

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