Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Maggie Soars Past 10,000 Visitors! Grandma says, ‘Let’s Have Pie!’

Maggie welcomed her 10,000th visitor on Sunday. Grandma said, “Let’s have pie!”

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Grandma just knew that the 10,000th visitor to Maggie’s blog would appear sometime Sunday evening, so she baked one of her blue-ribbon rhubarb pies, and then she shoo-shooed Maggie and Troy away from the dinner table without dessert, until company arrived.

“The visitor counter climbed steadily from 9,950 to 9,999,” Maggie said, recalling the moment. “But then, it just froze there, not moving! It was at 9,999 forever!”

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonWith the 10,000th visitor due any second, the big question was, From where on earth would the 10,000th visitor arrive? 

Just as the clock struck seven on Sunday, July 21st, 2013, the answer came — the visitor was from, wait for it… Columbia, Missouri!

“Well isn’t that wonderful?” Grandma said, smiling sweetly. “Let’s have pie!”

Maggie and Troy and everybody else here in Grain Valley had a good laugh. It’s a knee-slapper because Kansans and Missourians have been big rivals since, like forever. Especially in sports. But not in pole-vaulting, because everybody knows that everyone who pole-vaults wants the highest and best for each other, no matter where they come from. It’s in the code.

10000_Worldwide“It was awesome to see that 10 followed by so many zeroes,” Maggie said. “It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since, well, you know.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters, coaches, and teachers who identify with its inspiring message for young people, and, most importantly, by young people themselves.

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Inspired by Maggie Steele, Pole-Vaulter Kristen Harris Soars to Record Heights for Tabor College

Kristen vaults for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., which competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a source of inspiration for Kristen Harris, a small-town Kansan who soared to record heights this past season as a pole-vaulter at Tabor College.

Kristen’s accomplishments mirror her favorite fictional pole-vaulter Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kan., who soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

“Reading Maggie before the track season gave me the inspiration and drive to compete for God’s glory,” Kristen said. “The book really captures the emotion and thrill of pole-vaulting and I was blessed to feel the way Maggie felt in real life.”

Kristen’s “Maggie Moment” happened at the recent KCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With the crowd cheering, she stood on the runway, preparing to attempt a new school and KCAC record of 11 feet.

Tabor College Vaulter Kristen Harris On the Runway Runway

“Counting my steps on the runway and clearing the height, I felt like I’d soared over the moon!” – Kristen Harris.

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