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Vaulters Soar to ‘Maggie Awards’ at Kingman County Fair


Pole-vaulters soared in Kingman Kan., where Clyde Cessna flew his first airplane.

KINGMAN, Kan. — A dramatic event in the history of human flight is captured on an outside wall of a Main Street building in this thriving Kansas town, about 45 miles west of Wichita. The stunning mural by acclaimed artist Stan Herd depicts hometown hero Clyde Cessna soaring on his maiden flight in his first airplane.

Another chapter of human flight was added to Kingman’s lofty history on Sunday, July 27th, when a select squadron of determined pole-vaulters braved unseasonably chilly temperatures and the threat of rain, and took flight at the first-ever Kingman Street Vault.

Kingman native Nick Meyer won the event with a short-approach vault of 16-0.

After helping his dad set up, Kingman native Nick Meyer won his hometown event.

Billed as a marquee event at this year’s Kingman County and 4-H Fair, some 20 athletes from as far away as Kansas City, Garden City, and Americus, performed under a towering canopy of cottonwood trees at Riverside Park, across the street from the show lambs and the main fairgrounds, and near to where the tiny tots competed in the traditional toy tractor pedal-pull contest. Continue reading

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Maggie’s Eagles Soar at City League Meet

Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, Nick Meyer soared to victory in the Wichita City League Championship.

The Sunflower State’s top pole-vaulter, Nick Meyer, Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, won the Wichita City League Championship.

Congrats to Maggie’s pole-vaulting friends Caitlin Hawk (10-8) and Nick Meyer (16-2) of Bishop Carroll HS for soaring to gold medals at the Wichita City League Meet!

The high-flying Golden Eagles, coached by Denis Fraizer, are big fans of the teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, which captures the excitement of the world’s greatest sport.

Maggie says, “Way to go Caitlin and Nick! And best wishes to all Kansas HS pole-vaulters in the next few weeks. Knowing the Highest and Best for you at Regionals and State!” Continue reading

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Doctoberfest Vaulters Win ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’

Congratulations to the enthusiastic young pole-vaulters who scored copies of the new teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, during the Doctoberfest street vault held at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club. The winner’s names were drawn from the large number of vaulters and fans who attended the annual event on Oct. 6 in Jamestown, Kan.

Pole-vaulter Tristan Burnham, of Courtland, Kan., with Author Grant Overstake, left, and Tailwind Coach Mark Breault.

Pole-Vaulter Caitlin Hawk, of Wichita,Kan., with three-time Olympian and former world-record holder Earl Bell, left, and Author Grant Overstake. Bell, who coached three vaulters onto the US London Olympic Team, is the “coaching voice” in “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.”

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