Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Garden City’s Western Express Vaulters Celebrate a Great Season with ‘Maggie Awards’

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The Western Express Track Club celebrates a great season with Maggie Awards. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Natasha Covarrubias (Incoming MS Vaulter); Reyna Juache (Incoming MS Vaulter); Brooklyn Staats (MS Vaulter); Jade Denton (Incoming GCHS Vaulter); Hannah Schultz (Incoming GCHS Vaulter); Crystal Juache (Future MS Vaulter); Allison Arana (Incoming GCHS Vaulter); Kaitlin Smith (GCHS Vaulter); Taylor Linenberger (GCHS Vaulter); and Lourdis Covarrubias (GCHS Vaulter). Top Row, Left to Right: Jack Koehn (MS Vaulter); Stephen Dunlap (GCHS Manager); Dakota Brungardt (GCHS Vaulter); Brett Cady (GCCC Vaulter); Nick Juache (GCHS Vaulter); Austin Lubbers (GCHS Vaulter); Brian “Cookie” Rodriguez (Incoming GCHS Vaulter); Gustavo “Guz-Man” Bustos (Incoming GCHS Vaulter); and Coach Marcus Summers.

Coach Marcus Summers invited a special visitor to make a surprise appearance at the Western Express Track Club’s farewell practice of the summer on Monday, July 29th, in Garden City, Kan.

Western Express Track Club Coach Marcus Summers inspired his vaulters with 'Maggie Awards.'

Coach Marcus Summers inspires his vaulters with Maggie Awards.

The special guest was none other than the world’s most inspiring storybook pole-vaulter, Maggie Steele, who made the trip from her farm near Grain Valley in Southeast Kansas, waaay out west, to a city where Buffaloes stampede down the runway.

Coach Summers ordered multiple copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to present to club members as inspirational Maggie Awards. The young adult novel tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl who overcomes hardship and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

buffaloes_garden_city_boys_varsity_basketball_winter_12-13The story has been endorsed by Olympians, coaches, teachers, and others who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.

Author Grant Overstake says Maggie was happy to visit Garden City!

Freshman Gustavo “Guz-Man” Bustos is one of several talented Western Express vaulters with promising futures.

Freshman Gustavo “Guz-Man” Bustos is a talented Western Express vaulter with a promising future.

“Maggie has been cheering for Western Express vaulters at track meets and street vaults all over the state this summer,” he added. “She was happy to congratulate the Buffalo vaulters and inspire them with her story.”

The hard-charging Buffalo is a fitting mascot for a herd of bold 11- to 18-year-olds who comprise one of the most successful vault clubs on the Kansas prairie. The new club has already made its mark, producing middle school league champs, high school state qualifiers and medalists, and college vaulters. Continue reading