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1st Day of Track Season

Join RHST&F at Rockford High School 11 March at 3:00 PM


Rockford Rams Mission Statement

The mission of the Rockford Boys and Girls Cross Country Program is to provide an experience that will encourage each athlete to strengthen his/her competitive spirit and nurture his/her desire for success on and off the course.


The lady Rams also have a long and outstanding history with five MHSAA Division 1 championships during their streak of 25 consecutive trips to the State meet. Sixteen MHSAA Regional wins and 22 OK Conference championships are just a few of the additional trophies in the display case with the State Championship hardware.

Head Coach Ben Watson leads the Women's team alongside Coach Karen Osborn. Coach Watson has led many current and past Division 1 NCAA athletes and former Miss Cross Country winners (Michigan). Recent winners include Taylor Mannett (University of Michigan) and Lauren Brasure (University of Florida).


Coach Andy Martin leads the Men's team and is a Rockford High School alumnus and educator. Assistant Coach Josh Miller is an Aquinas College alumnus who gives an immense amount of energy and technical instruction to the team. Together they led the Boys Cross Country team to consecutive Division 1 State Championships in 2014 & 2015. There is a historic list of accomplishments in the Rockford Cross Country men's program beginning with Rockford's ascension to the first championships in 2000 and in 2002. Rockford took second three years in a row during the heyday of Olympians Jason Hartmann and Dathan Ritzenhein. Equally impressive was the streak of 22 consecutive OK Red Conference championships. Please consider joining your talents to these nationally recognized programs. 





Andrew Martin

Head Varsity Boys Cross Country Coach

Rockford Public Schools

4100 Kroes 

Rockford, MI 49341


Email: amartin(at)rockfordschools.org


Josh Miller

Assistant Varsity Boys Track and Field Coach

Email: joshmiller168(at)gmail.com

Mens: Coach Martin (L), Coach Miller (R)


Ben Watson

Head Varsity Women's Cross Country Coach

Rockford Public Schools

4100 Kroes 

Rockford, MI 49341

Email: bwatson(at)rockfordschools.org

Kailie Heim

Assistant Varsity Women's Cross Country Coach

Email: kheim(at)hopenetwork.org

Jane Van Niekerk

Assistant Varsity Women's Cross Country Coach

Email: jhawks(at)rockfordschools.org

Womens: Coach Watson (L), Coach Hawks (R)

Office of the Athletic Director

Tim Erickson

Athletic Director, Rockford High School Athletics

Rockford Public Schools

4100 Kroes 

Rockford, MI 49341



Email: terickson(at)rockfordschools.org

media gallery

The team is always in need of photographers who are willing to capture as many athletes as possible during meets. Please see Coach Watson (Girls) or Coach Martin (Boys) to volunteer. Or Beginning in 2014, upload directly to our Shutterfly site. We are attempting to standardize all of our photos (boys & girls) into the cloud using a free third-party sharing site: Shutterfly

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