Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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Summers Family Helps Maggie Shine in Sabetha, Kansas

The Summers family's passion for 'Maggie' appears in this week's edition of their hometown newspaper, the Sebetha (Kan.) Herald. A fictional Sebetha Bluejays vaulter competes against Maggie in the novel in the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

The Summers family’s passion for ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ led to a great article in this week’s edition of their hometown newspaper, The Sabetha Herald. In the young adult novel, a Sabetha High School pole-vaulter competes with Maggie at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships.

An awesome Kansas sports family with a passion for pole-vaulting has helped Maggie make headlines in their hometown newspaper.

Maggie competes against a vaulter from Sebetha High School.

In the novel, Maggie Steele competes against a vaulter from Sabetha High School.

It all started when Sabetha native, Marcus Summers, who coaches Garden City Western Express, introduced Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to his athletes, presenting the young adult novel to them as end-of-season “Maggie Awards.”

Marcus then introduced Maggie to parents, Jon and Janet, who live in Sabetha, located in the northeast corner of the state.

Janet then wrote to author Grant Overstake, asking permission to approach the local newspaper: “My husband and I have both read your book and loved it,” she wrote. “We’re recommending it to anyone wanting a great, inspiring read, set in rural Kansas.”

With a big thumbs-up from the author, Janet shared the story with Patty Locher, Staff Writer at the Sabetha Herald. She, too, emailed the author: “I read the book last night and loved it! You have a treasure here, a “can’t-put-it-down” book!” Continue reading

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


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

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Vaulters Soar to ‘Maggie Awards’ at Kingman County Fair


Pole-vaulters soared in Kingman Kan., where Clyde Cessna flew his first airplane.

KINGMAN, Kan. — A dramatic event in the history of human flight is captured on an outside wall of a Main Street building in this thriving Kansas town, about 45 miles west of Wichita. The stunning mural by acclaimed artist Stan Herd depicts hometown hero Clyde Cessna soaring on his maiden flight in his first airplane.

Another chapter of human flight was added to Kingman’s lofty history on Sunday, July 27th, when a select squadron of determined pole-vaulters braved unseasonably chilly temperatures and the threat of rain, and took flight at the first-ever Kingman Street Vault.

Kingman native Nick Meyer won the event with a short-approach vault of 16-0.

After helping his dad set up, Kingman native Nick Meyer won his hometown event.

Billed as a marquee event at this year’s Kingman County and 4-H Fair, some 20 athletes from as far away as Kansas City, Garden City, and Americus, performed under a towering canopy of cottonwood trees at Riverside Park, across the street from the show lambs and the main fairgrounds, and near to where the tiny tots competed in the traditional toy tractor pedal-pull contest. Continue reading