Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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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

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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.

Since the novel was published in October 2012, Maggie has inspired readers all over the world. Continue reading

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Maggie’s Eagles Soar at City League Meet

Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, Nick Meyer soared to victory in the Wichita City League Championship.

The Sunflower State’s top pole-vaulter, Nick Meyer, Bishop Carroll senior and future KU Jayhawk, won the Wichita City League Championship.

Congrats to Maggie’s pole-vaulting friends Caitlin Hawk (10-8) and Nick Meyer (16-2) of Bishop Carroll HS for soaring to gold medals at the Wichita City League Meet!

The high-flying Golden Eagles, coached by Denis Fraizer, are big fans of the teen novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, which captures the excitement of the world’s greatest sport.

Maggie says, “Way to go Caitlin and Nick! And best wishes to all Kansas HS pole-vaulters in the next few weeks. Knowing the Highest and Best for you at Regionals and State!” Continue reading

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Two Great Vault Coaches Enjoy Doctoberfest

Vault Coaches Denis Fraizer and Thane Nonamaker

Two of Kansas’ best high school pole-vaulting coaches, Thane Nonamaker of Gardner Edgerton (shown at right), and Denis Fraizer of Bishop Carroll High School, enjoy the festivities at Doctoberfest held Oct 6. in Jamestown, Kansas. Thane has coached several great pole-vaulters, including state champion  Casey Bowen, now vaulting at Kansas University. And Denis also has coached many excellent vaulters, including Nick Meyer, a senior at Carroll and defending Class 5A champion, who broke the Tailwind Pole Vault prep building record at Doctoberfest with a short-approach vault of 16-2. The impact these two men have had on the sport of pole-vaulting in the Sunflower State cannot be measured in feet and inches.  From beginner to preps, the sport is rising ever-higher in Kansas because of the expertise and influence of these two men.

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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

“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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