Holy Family boys and girls cross country teams are consistently two of the top performing and ranked high school cross country teams Minnesota high school athletics sees. Head coach Ron Hoffman also coaches our track team. Fire Girls and Boys Cross Country have multiple individual and team conference and section championships as well as state meet appearances and medals.
Our cross country program is a terrific opportunity for runners with all levels of experience to participate and develop their skills while enjoying a competitive team environment. Many winter and spring sports athletes appreciate the offseason conditioning cross country provides and soon fall in love with this lifetime sport.
Holy Family 2006 alumna Bria Wetsch’s Minnesota State Cross Country record still stands ten years after she earned it. Due to her notable high school career as a cross country and track and field athlete, Bria, a NCAA Division I Signee, competed at the collegiate level for the University of Oregon—one of the top running programs in the country. While competing in college, Bria qualified and competed twice at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, running her personal best 6K time of 20:41.2, and qualified and ran in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Los Angeles, California.
In fall of 2016, Kendra Franck signed her Letter of Intent to run with the University of North Dakota’s cross country and track program. Franck brought the total to 11 current HF alumni running in college programs as of fall 2016.
M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology, University of North Dakota, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Jamestown College, 2000
Coach Hoffman is in his second season as Holy Family Catholic’s head girls’ and boys’ cross country coach, and enters his ninth season as a Holy Family track and field and cross country coach. Including his years within the collegiate ranks, this season marks Hoffman’s 16th year in coaching.
In his first season as Holy Family Catholic head cross country coach in 2014, the Fire boys claimed their first ever Wright County Conference (WCC) East Division team championship. Only two weeks later the Holy Family boys’ squad won its first Section 4A team championship since 2007, earning their first MSHSL State Championship berth since 2010. The Fire boys went on to place 5th overall at State, their best finish in program history.
Hoffman has assisted Holy Family Catholic cross country and track and field athletes in almost 60 All-State awards in the past nine seasons, numerous All-Conference and All-Section performers as well as multiple school records. Coach Hoffman also has a wealth of experience working with NCAA II athletes, with a good number achieving NCAA II All-America status.