Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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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.

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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


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‘Go Mackenzie! Go!’ Pole-Vault Community Cheers for Maggie Fan’s Speedy Recovery

The Tailwind Pole Vault Club is wishing Mackenzie Van Pelt a speedy recovery. The vaulting farm girl from Beloit, Kan., is facing some tough health issues with the same grit and determination as her favorite fictional pole-vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Tailwind Pole Vault Club wishes teammate Mackenzie Van Pelt a speedy recovery. The farm girl is facing surgery with the same courage as her favorite fictional pole-vaulter, Maggie Steele.

The entire pole-vault community is cheering for Mackenzie Van Pelt of the Tailwind Pole Vault Club. Mackenzie, the vaulting farm girl from Beloit, Kan., is facing some pretty tough health issues right now, with a leg injury. But she’s facing her pending surgery with the same gutsy determination as her favorite pole-vaulting heroine, Maggie Steele.

“I don’t know anyone tougher than Mackenzie Van Pelt!” says Tailwind Coach Mark (Doc) Breault. “She practiced and jumped all season with continuing pain and never gave up. She is having surgery and she will be back soon. She inspires me to want to be a better coach and better pole vaulter.” Continue reading


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New Study: Teen Mental Health Improved by Exercise, Sports

Many grown-ups know firsthand that physical exercise can help overcome the angst of adult life. Now a new study suggest that physical activity, especially competitive sports, can be even more helpful for teens.

You might have heard the segment on today’s Morning Edition entitled, “Why Exercise May Do A  Teenage Mind Good,” touting nprlogo_138x46the value of daily physical activity for adolescents’ mental health.

HighResFrontCoverIn the report, Yale University child psychologist Alan Kazdin, the editor of Clinical Psychological Science, says the findings show just how bountiful the benefits of exercise can be.

“I think it would be too strong to call it an elixir, but it has the broad effects of something like that,” he says.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a new novel that retells the story of Maggie Steele, a farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who suffers a major tragedy in her life. Written by Grant Overstake, the story chronicles Maggie’s difficult rise to a brighter future through pole-vaulting, a very demanding form of exercise. Continue reading


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Kansas Farm Girl and Pole-Vaulter is a Real-Life Maggie Steele

Mackenzie Van Pelt, an eighth grader at Beloit Jr. Sr. High School, is a busy farm girl and avid pole-vaulter at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club in Jamestown, Kansas.

Mackenzie Van Pelt is a real-life Maggie Steele in the making:

She’s a farm girl who drives a grain cart during the Kansas wheat harvest, just like Maggie; she’s a livestock showmanship champion, just like Maggie; and, she’s a budding pole-vaulter with the goal of vaulting herself onto her school’s track team this coming spring — just like her favorite fictional pole-vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Kansas farm girl Mackenzie Van Pelt is a livestock showmanship champion just like her favorite storybook pole-vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Mackenzie won a copy of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon for vaulting to a new personal record (PR) at the Doctoberfest street vault, held in October at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club, in Jamestown, Kan.

Since then, she’s read the entire story from cover to cover, several times.

“I read it day and night,” she says. “It’s really inspirational.” Continue reading


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Tailwind Youth Vaulters Win Inaugural ‘Maggie Awards’ for Big PRs; H.S. Senior Nick Meyer Sets Record at Doctoberfest 2012

An aspiring young pole-vaulter soars at Doctoberfest held Oct. 6 at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club in Jamestown, Kan.

There were many great performances in Jamestown, Kan., on Saturday, Oct. 6, but two young pole-vaulters soared waaay over their previous best marks at the Doctoberfest festival, held at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club.

To mark their great achievements, Mackenzie Van Pelt, of Beloit, Kan., and Thomas Mick, Carleton, Neb., received the club’s first-ever “Maggie Awards.”

The award is named for Maggie Steele, the heroine in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, the young adult novel about pole-vaulting written by Grant Overstake, published by GO Team! Enterprises, and available at Amazon.com.

“These two came to Doctoberfest today eager to have a great time doing what they love to do, which is pole-vaulting,” Overstake said. “Because of their zeal for the sport and their courage to vault to new heights, they wound up far exceeding their PRs [personal records]. We wanted to create an award that recognizes this type of can-do attitude because it’s the same type of attitude that propels Maggie Steele to greatness.”

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