Girls cross country at Ames High has a strong tradition. Beginning in 1976 with 7 participants, the program has grown and has had as many as 115 young women participating at one time. Success has occurred not only at the varsity level, but also at the JV and 9/10 levels as well.
Every girl out for cross-country feels a part of the team.The girls’ cross-country team had a great season during the fall of 2015. There were over 80 participants on the team. The girls competed in several meets in the fall and hosted their own meet at the beginning of the season on the ISU Cross Country Course. The varsity squad finished very strong in all of their meets this past fall. The first meet of the season, run at the ISU Cross Country Course, saw the girls finish 2nd. The team was ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A during the entire season.
During the championship part of the season, the girls placed sixth at the conference meet. and a week later, the Ames girls placed third at district meet in Cedar Falls. Claire Dupuis was the district champion. At the state meet held in Fort Dodge in early November, the team finished 10th and Claire Dupuis finished 3rd at state, and earned a spot on the 4A All State Team and the Girls Cross Country Elite All State Team. She had the 3rd fastest time in the state that day.
This year marked the 35th year that Ames High was represented at the state meet. With the graduation of several seniors, Ames will return six individuals who have varsity experience, including Ryan Weiss, Katelyn Moore, Beriah Forney, Emma Cardenas, and Eva Hill, and Katie Fukishima.
Success of the girls cross-country program has not only been on the course but in the classroom as well. The fall 2015 squad earned the Academic Excellence Award from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. As a team their grade point average was 3.85, the highest in the history of the girls cross country program.
Coach Kirk Schmaltz
“Life lived well is like running, requiring endurance, strength, and perseverance, and making
Graduate of the University of Northern Iowa
2013 Iowa Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year
1987 Iowa Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.
17-time Regional CC
Past President, Iowa Association of Track Coaches