Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Shockers’ Track and Field Team Featured in New Sports Novel

The successful Wichita State University Track and Field program is featured in the new sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Written by Wichitan Grant Overstake, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an uplifting story about a high school senior who faces tragic circumstances on a Kansas family farm but overcomes through the daring, sometimes dangerous sport of pole-vaulting.

In the story, heroine Maggie Steele is recruited by Shocker coaches Steve Rainbolt and Pat Wilson, who want her to join the Missouri Valley Conference’s powerhouse women’s track team. It’s a big decision that could change her life, and the future of her family’s farm.

“Of course,you’ll need to read the story to see how it all turns out,” Overstake says.

Shocker Track Coach Steve Rainbolt

As Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, Rainbolt is the leader of the Wichita State men’s and women’s track and field teams. During her visit to the Coach’s office, Maggie underestimates the number of Coach of the Year awards she sees on the coach’s shelf, thinking there are “at least ten of them.”

Actually, since his arrival at Wichita State, Rainbolt has been named MVC Coach of the Year 14 times. Entering the 2013 season, his program has produced 23 All-Americans, 65 NCAA national qualifiers and 160 individual MVC champions during his time at Wichita State.

Vault Coach Pat Wilson

Assistant Coach Pat Wilson joins Rainbolt in the story. Under his direction, WSU has developed one of the most successful pole-vaulting programs in the Midwest. Continue reading