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.”