Aspen youth track club steps into summer

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Sunday Abarca of Aspen High School will compete in summer youth track meets with the Aspen House of Speed track and field club.
Kara Williams / Special to The Aspen Times |

Summer track season is here.

And the Aspen House of Speed youth track club is off and running.

The club is directed by Aspen High School track coach James Aldridge, the former Notre Dame running back and current standout player with the Gentlemen of Aspen rugby club.

The club is open to youngsters of all ages interested in summer track.

A full schedule of junior track meets is scheduled with multiple opportunities for tracksters to gain competition.

The team competes in the USATF Junior Olympic program. The team also will participate in Hershey Age Group meets, including the Hershey national championships from June 28 through July 3 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Aspen House of Speed track club practices at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the AHS track.

The Aspen House of Speed club also features Sunday Abarca, the Aspen High School sprinter who won the state Class 3A 400-meter title in state-record time last month (48.54 seconds).

Abarca, coached by Aldridge, also finished third in the 100 and third in the 200 at the State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood.

Last year, Abarca advanced out of the USATF Regionals in Texas and qualified for the junior nationals in Florida.

Representatives of the Aspen House of Speed will participate in the Nite Moves All Comer meet at All City Stadium in Denver today.

Next weekend, on June 11, the tracksters will race at Lewis Palmer High School in Monument in the Let it Fly Track Lift Invitational.

The Colorado Junior Olympic Championships will be June 18-19 at All City Stadium in Denver.

Other meet options include the USATF Junior Championships in Fresno, California, and the open meet at Vista Peak High School in Aurora.

The regional championships this year will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Aldridge invites any interested youngster to come out and check out the Aspen House of Speed practices at the high school.

For more, contact Aldridge at or 970-710-0117.