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Maggie Has a Whale of a Time in New England

Balmy weather and a brisk ocean breeze greeted the intrepid vaulters at the New England Beach Vault.

A brisk breeze boosted intrepid vaulters at the New England Beach Vault.

Maggie Steele had an awesome day at the New England Beach Vault.

A windblown contestant receives a copy of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

A contestant receives ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.’

With sunny blue skies and temps in the 70s, the weather was picture perfect for pole-vaulting at Narraganset Town Beach, Rhode Island, where a brisk ocean breeze boosted the intrepid vaulters.

Co-sponsored by the Patriot Pole Vault Club and Mansfield Athletics, nearly 30 athletes competed in the event, held September 29th. Copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon were presented as special awards.

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The event attracted many athletes to the only beach vault in the region.

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Maggie Soars to Sunny California for Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault

'Maggie' will share the sun-drenched awards stand with costumed vaulters like these at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in beautiful Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where's Waldo?)

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand with superheroes at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where’s Waldo?)

Storybook heroine Maggie Steele is winging her way West for the fourth annual Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault this weekend in beautiful Murrieta, California.

The event, sponsored by the Valley Vaulters pole-vault club will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26th at Murrieta Valley High School.

Maggie is eager to join the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault on Saturday, Oct. 26th in sunny Murrieta, California.

Look for spooky characters at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday.

It promises to be an awesome experience for Maggie, who’ll share the sun-drenched awards stand with some of the Golden State’s most talented young athletes.

Copies of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be presented to the top finishers in the fun-filled event. Continue reading


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‘Minutewoman Maggie’ Gallops to New England Beach Vault!

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Rhode Island’s Narragansett Town Beach perfect for pole-vaulting.

One if by land, two if by sea, Minutewoman Maggie is on a fast gallop from Grain Valley, Kansas, to New England Beach Vault 2013.

2012_NE_Beach_Vault_Logo2Author Grant Overstake received an email on Sunday, inviting his storybook heroine, Maggie Steele, to share the award stand this Saturday at beautiful Narragansett Town Beach, RI, where his novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, will be presented as special awards.

“Of course,  we said, ‘Sure, she can make it!'” Overstake said. “And then we felt the panic set in, wondering if she could really get there in time. But, knowing Maggie, I’m sure she can.”

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It’s 1,461 miles from Grain Valley, Kansas, to the New England Street Vault at Narragansett Town Beach, RI. Maggie is traveling via Express Mail in an airplane, not on horseback.

The New England Beach Vault is the only beach vault in New England. Event organizer, Coach Douglas Lang is delighted to learn that one of this year’s newcomers will be the most inspirational storybook pole-vaulter in the nation. Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Author Invites You to See Dreams Come True at Nation’s Largest Track Meet

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, to be held Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, is the largest track meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

WICHITA, Kan. — Every year for the past 102 years, dreams have come true at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

The meet’s 103nd running will be no exception this Friday and Saturday, as more than 3,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators will gather on the campus of Wichita State University.

Wichita author Grant Overstake recently captured the drama and excitement of the Kansas State Meet in an inspiring sports novel for young adult readers titled, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. The story features Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kansas, who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

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“Maggie”captures the true meaning of a high school athlete in Kansas and the opportunities activities can create for young people.” — Kansas State High School Activities Journal

Overstake attended many state meets growing up and competed in the meet while attending Wichita Heights High School. He also covered the meet as a reporter, and experienced it as a parent, cheering for his son.

After watching so many dramatic performances through the years,  it was natural for the former Miami Herald sports writer and Kansas newspaper editor to use his favorite sporting event as the backdrop for his first novel. Continue reading


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

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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).

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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


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

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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

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


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NPR Asks: What’s the Future for Real-Life ‘Maggies’ on America’s Family Farms?

The new teen sports novel "Maggie Vaults Over the Moon" focuses on farm life and harvests in rural Kansas.

“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” focuses on farm issues in rural Kansas.

What’s the future for the thousands of real-life Maggie Steeles living on family farms? The answer has dramatic implications for the future of rural America.

NationalPublicRadioThe future of family farms is the topic of a recent article posted at NPR.org written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, titled, “Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family.”

The article quotes a professor of agricultural economics who says the tradition of passing farms from one generation to the next, for the sake of tradition, has run its course. He disputes the belief that farm parents owe it to their children to reserve a place for them in the farm business. Because, he says, “The other side of that coin is that then your children owe it to you to stay home, even if they don’t want to.” Continue reading