Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Win a Giant Maggie Poster at Watermark Books!


Win a ‘Maggie’ Poster at Watermark Books

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Stop by this week to enter the drawing for a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books!

WICHITA, Kan. — Some 4,000 athletes competed this past Friday and Saturday at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Click here for Kansas State Meet Results!

 Cheering them on were more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate, autographed copies of the track and field novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, are on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, we’re having a drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster!

The bookstore is open from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The drawing will be held after the close of business this Saturday, June 7th.

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Maggie says, ‘Congrats State PV Champs!’

  2A Champion Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls' pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received copies of 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. Way to go!

2A Champ Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls’ Kansas State pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received gift copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. Way to go!

Maggie says, “Congrats to our new Kansas State PV Champs!”

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

GIRLS: Class 1A Dallas Reed of St. Francis; 2A Laramie Leakey, Jeff County North; 3A Alicia Maloney, Marion; 4A Jannell Clampitt, Desoto; 5A Alyssa Wheeler, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel; and 6A Megan Vanderpool, SM West!

BOYS: 1A Isaac Siebert, Macksville; 2A DeShawn Pfeiff, Moundridge; 3A Austin Hager, Norton Community; 4A Ethan Meyer, Andale; 5A Luke Shaw, Topeka Seaman; and 6A Trevor Hillis, Lawrence Free State!

Complete Kansas State Track Meet Results: http://tinyurl.com/k8k8hbu


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We’re Celebrating State Meet Weekend

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Enter to win a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books & Cafe!

WICHITA, Kan. — More than 4,000 athletes will compete in the nation’s largest track meet this Friday and Saturday — the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Cheering them will be more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate the biggest event on the track and field calendar, special autographed copies of the novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located just a few miles from the stadium at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, some lucky person will win the drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster! Continue reading


Maggie Cheers Athletes to State Meet Gold

See_you_over_the_moonThousands athletes in the Sunflower State are on a quest to compete in the 2014 Kansas State Track and Field Championships, to be held May 30-31 at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.

Cheering them on is storybook track star Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ captures a farm girl’s quest to qualify for the Kansas Track and Field Championships. With more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators, it is the largest track meet.

The high school heroine’s rise over tragedy and an ever-rising pole-vault crossbar is captured in the novel,  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

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Grant Overstake’s novel earned praise from track historian Carol Swenson.

According to author Grant Overstake, the story is a tribute to the thousands of real-life Kansas athletes striving to qualify for the State Meet, as they have for more than 100 years.

“Maggie Steele represents every Kansas high school athlete who is doing all they can every day to make it to State in any sport,” Overstake said. “It will inspire anyone who dreams of becoming a champion.” Continue reading


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Maggie Soars to NY State Indoor with Warsaw Club Vaulters

State-bound vaulters from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club. Front Row: Karmen Auble, Warsaw senior, 12-7 PR, Section 5 record holder. Middle Row: Aubrey Rockoff, Amherst sophomore, 10-3 PR; Nick Faber, Greece Olympia senior, 14-0 PR; Sarah Bronk, Our Lady of Mercy senior, 9-6 PR. Back Row: Ben Jackson, Kenmore East junior, 12-6 PR; Trevor Koch, Frontier junior, 13-6 PR; Max Curran, Williamson senior, 14-7 PR; Kevin Palmisano, Canandaigua junior, 13-3 PR. [Courtesy photo]

WARSAW, New York — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele will be traveling to the New York State Indoor meet this weekend with eight vaulters who are ready to soar.

State qualifiers from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club (PVP) received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon as motivational awards in their state meet travel packages.

The NYPSHSAA State Indoor will be held Saturday, March 1, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

PoleVaultPlaygroundLogoIn the young adult novel by Grant Overstake, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas overcomes hardships and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel climaxes at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest track meet in the nation.

The story has been endorsed by US Olympians and coaches for its inspiring message to young people, including Warsaw Club Coach Michael Auble, who liked the story so much he wanted all of his state qualifiers to have a copy.

“I can’t think of a better book to put in the hands of a state-bound pole vaulter,” Overstake said. “After reading about Maggie, I know these athletes will be ready to soar.” Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Shines at Kansas Board of Education

TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 12, 2013) — Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, shared the limelight at the Kansas State Board of Education meeting when Gary coversmallMusselman, Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), recognized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon during his annual report to the board.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen who finds the strength to overcome tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The young adult novel, suitable for 4th graders and up, has been endorsed by US Olympians, coaches, counselors, and many others — including KSHSAA — who recommend the book’s inspiring message for young people. Continue reading


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Maggie Christmas! Thanks for 17,000 Views!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!

Thanks for making 2013 an unforgettable year for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, and for welcoming a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas into your lives. Celebrating 17,000 views! Maggie Christmas!


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New PR! Maggie Hits 16,000 Views!

Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow! All-American Masters Pole-Vaulter Claire Overstake, co-founder of Go Team Enterprises, celebrates 16,000 page views on Maggie's blog!

Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow! Masters Pole-Vaulter Claire Overstake, co-founder of Go Team Enterprises, celebrates 16,000 page views on Maggie’s blog!


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Maggie Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Olympic Greats and Future Greats at Doctoberfest 2013!

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Bell Athletics’ Kayla Caldwell won the female division of Doctoberfest 2013.

JAMESTOWN, Kan. — Storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele celebrated her first anniversary in the company of a former world-record holder, Olympians, and Olympic hopefuls at Doctoberfest 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 5th.

The eighth annual event at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club featured many high-flying professional, collegiate, and high school athletes who rocketed toward the rafters in this converted basketball gym, which now is considered a kind of Field of Dreams for pole-vaulting here in the northernmost part of the central Kansas prairie.

(Click here to view all Doctoberfest 2013 photos).

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind Pole Vault Club members to watch, dream, and soar.

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind members to watch, dream, and soar.

Among nearly 60 athletes who charged down the rubberized runway Saturday, the biggest thrills were provided by the youngest vaulters, future greats such as Kendall Reynolds and Zoe Bechard, a pair of 10-year-olds from nearby Concordia, Kan., who reminded everyone in attendance that having lots of fun is what vaulting at Tailwind is all about. Continue reading