Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


1 Comment

‘Maggie’ Vaults Into Wichita Public Schools!

USD259Colorlogosm

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has vaulted onto the library bookshelves at Wichita Public Schools — a thrilling feat for author Grant Overstake, who was born and raised in “The Air Capital City.”

The new teen sports novel also can be found at the Wichita Public Library and in many private school libraries in the city.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon“I was really touched when I heard that school officials had read and endorsed Maggie’s story, and that my book was going to be available to so many students in my hometown,” said Overstake, who attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Junior High, and Heights High School.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon retells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring and sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. The story climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held each May at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. Continue reading


3 Comments

‘Maggie’ Brings Back Golden Memories to Veteran Coach, Father of Champions

track

Coach Kimbrook Tennal shown coaching his vaulters at Centralia (Kan.) High.

The fictional town of Grain Valley, Kan., paints an authentic picture of Midwest farm towns and the people who live there; including down-to-earth, everyday-heroes like Kimbrook Tennal,  assistant track coach at Centralia High School, in Centralia, Kan., (Pop. 512).

CoachTennal

Coach Kimbrook Tennal

Located in extreme northeast Kansas, Centralia is best known for producing NFL star John Riggins, who was born in Seneca and attended Centralia High. Riggins went on to play for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In the new teen sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, author Grant Overstake retells the story of another amazing small-town athlete, Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl who pours her broken heart into the daring sport of pole-vaulting. The story climaxes at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, the largest track meet in the nation, held at Wichita State University‘s Cessna Stadium.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonCoach Tennal wrote the author to say Maggie brought back his own golden moments at Cessna Stadium, because he and his wife, Kim, are the parents of three Kansas track and field champions!

“I loved the book and I wish I had written it,” he wrote. “I consider that about as high a compliment on the book as I can make.” Continue reading


Leave a comment

‘Maggie’ Rekindles Pole Vault Official’s Passion for Nation’s Largest Track Meet

KansasStateTrackandFieldChampionships

The Kansas State Track and Field Championships is the largest track meet in the nation, with over 3,000 athletes and 20,000-plus spectators.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonLongtime track and field official Chris Ellis is well known in the Sunflower State for his dedication to the sport of high school and collegiate pole-vaulting, especially in his role as the tireless head official at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, the largest track and field meet in the nation, which includes two whole days of boys’ and girls’ vault competitions in all classifications.

We were delighted to read his new review of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on Amazon.com:

“As the head pole vault official at the Kansas State High School Track & Field Championships since 1991, I have seen many great competitions and many many great competitors compete at this amazing event. However, after so many years of officiating the competition, not to mention the 3 years I competed in the event, my passion lost some of its intensity. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon reignited my passion for this 2 day extravaganza . I remember the first time I walked into Cessna Stadium as a young track athlete – WOW – I was speechless. I will rekindle that feeling this year and for many years to come thanks to Maggie!!” — Chris Ellis

KSHSAA LOGO

The 102nd annual State Meet will be held May 24-25, 2013, at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.