|Sport:||Cross Country/Track and Field|
Danny Aldridge earned six NCAA All-American certificates in two seasons at Cal Poly after transferring from Santa Rosa College.
Aldridge twice won the 1,500 at the Division II nationals and was allowed to compete at the Division I meet two weeks later and finished seventh in 1978 and fifth in 1979. Both Mustang track and field teams captured CCAA and national championships.
Aldridge also ran cross country, earning All-American certificates both years and leading Cal Poly to a pair of CCAA and NCAA team titles.
He still holds the school record in the 1,500 and is fourth in the 800.
Aldridge was a member of USC’s national championship team in 1976 before transferring to Santa Rosa College. Twice he has run the mile in under four minutes and Aldridge represented Cal Poly at the World University Games. He competed in two U.S. Olympic Trials (1,500 in 1980, 5.000 in 1984) and was part of two American records in the 4-by-mile relay (which still stands) and 4-by-1,500.
Aldridge ran professionally for Athletics West/Nike from 1981-85 and is a two-time Napa Valley Marathon champion. He has been inducted into the Petaluma Hall of Fame, Santa Rosa College Hall of Fame and Empire Runners Hall of Fame and, in 2013, received the lifetime Track and Field Coaches Award from the CIF-North Coast Section.
Aldridge currently is owner of Heart & Sole Sports, which sells shoes, apparel, nutrition, socks, maps and other products for runners in Santa Rosa, and also serves as head cross country and track and field coach at Sonoma Academy. He has been coaching since 1987 with stints at Sonoma State, Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Express Youth Club and Maria Carrillo High School.
In 1980, he was co-coach with Manny Bautista for the Cal Poly cross country team which placed fourth at the Division II nationals.