WICHITA, Kan. — Cessna Stadium has seen many thrilling pole-vault moments.
Three-time Olympian Earl Bell set a world record here in 1976, and college and high school athletes routinely soar to new heights at the stadium, site of the fabled Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.
But ask any of these successful vaulters and they’ll tell you that clearing the crossbar in front of thousands of cheering spectators doesn’t just happen. Whether you’re a real pole vaulter or a fictional vaulter like Maggie Steele in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, it takes lots of self-motivation, determination, and great coaching to wow the Cessna Stadium crowd. Continue reading