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WSU Campers Earn ‘Maggie Awards’ from Shocker Track Club

Shocker Pole Vault Campers from left,

Shocker Pole Vault Campers and staff, from left, WSU vaulter Kaylee Eklund; Jake Hansford, Kansas City; Naomi Bader, Douglass; Jesi Reichenberger, Wichita; Leaf Howell, Potwin; Jacob Visser, Wichita; and WSU vaulter Amanda Gardner. Back row, WSU vaulter Eathan Pearson and Shocker Vault Coach Pat Wilson.

With clear skies, scorching heat, and a blast furnace for a tailwind, conditions were almost perfect for the gutsy athletes who attended the second Shocker Pole Vault Camp of the summer, July 12-14, at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.

Register Here for Shocker Track Camp (.pdf)Instead of being a negative, the 100-degree temps simply provided more fuel for this hot group of vaulters. Many of them set new personal records at the camp, thanks to expert instruction from Shocker Pole Vault Coach, Pat Wilson, and his current and former collegiate vaulters. Continue reading

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PR City! Gold Medal Campers Win Maggie Awards


Gold Medal Camp Maggie Winners

Maggie Award Winners at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp at Andale (Kan.) High School, front row from left, Hayden Bugner, Andale; Jewel Eck, Andale; Hanna Buller, Goddard; Samantha Horsch, Andale; Jaden Eck, Andale; Braden Meyer, Andale; Haley Heimerman, Andale; Jared Harmony, Hesston. Coaches on back row, Zach Curtis, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel; Travis Ford, Goddard Eisenhower; Dylan Schmidt, Andale. Not pictured, Camp Director Mark Schmidt and Coach Mark Smith.

ANDALE, Kan. — For three days this past week, this vault-crazy town in the wheat fields of South Central Kansas became… PR City!


Samantha Horsch, Andale, eyes a new PR!

Vaulter after vaulter soared to Personal Records at the 11th Annual Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp, held June 27-29 at Andale High School.

The Andale City Council should have issued a Proclamation to change the name of their spiffy little town for a few days. But before they could muster a quorum, 32 enthusiastic young vaulters took to the runways and changed it themselves.

As a reward for their highest and best efforts, vaulters who set PRs in the camp’s final competition received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, the inspirational novel by Grant Overstake, which tells the story of the Sunflower State’s high-flying fictional pole vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Vaulting into a strong headwind, gutsy Jaden Eck, Andale, earned a ‘Maggie Award!”

“The Gold Medal Camp was held in an absolutely perfect setting for Kansas pole vaulting, right next to a newly harvested wheat field,” said Overstake, who shot photos and presented the “Maggie Awards” at the camp’s closing ceremony. Continue reading

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Shocker Track Club Inspires Wichita State Campers with Maggie!

Shocker Pole Vault Campers received copies of 'Maggie Award' courtesy of The Shocker Track Club. From left, Tyler Loontjer, Brittany Kallenberger, Calley Watters, Stormie Fuentes, and Ryan Miller. The campers received stellar instruction from Wichita State University Coach Pat Wilson, featured in 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.'

Shocker Pole Vault Campers from left, Tyler Loontjer, Geneva, Neb.; Brittany Kallenberger, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Calley Watters, Arkansas City, Kan.; Stormie Fuentes, Bushland, Texas; and Ryan Milner, Clearwater, Kan. The camp was led by Coach Pat Wilson, above. A second camp will be held July 12-14 in Wichita, Kan.

WICHITA, Kan. — Cessna Stadium has seen many thrilling pole-vault moments.

Three-time Olympian Earl Bell set a world record here in 1976, and college and high school athletes routinely soar to new heights at the stadium, site of the fabled Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

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But ask any of these successful vaulters and they’ll tell you that clearing the crossbar in front of thousands of cheering spectators doesn’t just happen. Whether you’re a real pole vaulter or a fictional vaulter like Maggie Steele in the novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, it takes lots of self-motivation, determination, and great coaching to wow the Cessna Stadium crowd. Continue reading

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Olympian’s Parents Inspire Future Track Stars With ‘Maggie’

Bormans With Maggie

Richard and Laura Borman, longtime track coaches and parents of champions, gave “‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon” to athletes in their youth program.

Author Grant Overstake scratched his head when a shipping invoice showed multiple copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon had been sent to Festus, Missouri.

The mystery was solved when he discovered to his delight that the order had been placed by Richard and Laura Borman — longtime track coaches and parents of champions.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon was one of the best books we have ever read as a family,” Laura explained. “We were so captivated by the plot that we bought copies for members of our youth track team, the Jefferson County Jets Track Club, and for our friends. We are looking forward to Grant’s next book!”

Brittany won the 2012 US Olympic Trials. In London, she had the best ever Olympic performance for a US woman. Brittany is competing in her first season as a professional.

Brittany Borman won the 2012 US Olympic Trials. In London, she had the best-ever Olympic javelin throw for a US woman.

This came as awesome news for the author, because the Borman family knows a thing or two, or three about track and field: Continue reading

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‘Maggie’ Vaults to Cover of Kansas State High School Activities Journal


Maggie Steele is a covergirl!

The gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas is featured on the cover of the new Kansas State High School Activities Journal, May 2013 edition.

The magazine also includes a strong endorsement for the new teen sports novel, just in time for the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, to be held May 24-25 in Wichita.

Author Grant Overstake found himself at a rare loss for words when he saw Maggie on the cover of the official magazine, which is distributed to every school in the state.

“Wow! Just wow!” Overstake said.

The article includes high praise for the novel, which features the color and excitement of the nation’s largest high school track and field meet:

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon captures the true meaning of a high school athlete in Kansas and the opportunities activities can create for young people.” — Kansas State High School Activities JournalKSHSAA LOGO

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‘Maggie’ Fans Flock to Book Signing and Reading at Watermark Books

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ April 11th, 2013, at Watermark Books in Wichita. (Photo by Carl Williams)

An overflow crowd of nearly 70 Maggie Steele fans gathered at Watermark Books & Cafe Thursday night, April 11th, to hear Grant Overstake read from his new sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Author Grant Overstake reads from ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. (Photo by Carl Williams)

It was an overwhelming show of support for the gutsy teen from Grain Valley, Kansas, whose compelling story of courage and triumph is capturing the hearts of readers young and old.

“Words can’t express how great it was to see so many people at this event,” said Overstake, a Wichita native. “I saw some people I hadn’t seen since third grade and met many new friends. To experience a reading and book signing event at Watermark was one of the highlights of my life. To see them putting out more chairs to seat all the people, well, it was just awesome.” Continue reading

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‘Maggie’ Rekindles Pole Vault Official’s Passion for Nation’s Largest Track Meet


The Kansas State Track and Field Championships is the largest track meet in the nation, with over 3,000 athletes and 20,000-plus spectators.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonLongtime track and field official Chris Ellis is well known in the Sunflower State for his dedication to the sport of high school and collegiate pole-vaulting, especially in his role as the tireless head official at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, the largest track and field meet in the nation, which includes two whole days of boys’ and girls’ vault competitions in all classifications.

We were delighted to read his new review of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on

“As the head pole vault official at the Kansas State High School Track & Field Championships since 1991, I have seen many great competitions and many many great competitors compete at this amazing event. However, after so many years of officiating the competition, not to mention the 3 years I competed in the event, my passion lost some of its intensity. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon reignited my passion for this 2 day extravaganza . I remember the first time I walked into Cessna Stadium as a young track athlete – WOW – I was speechless. I will rekindle that feeling this year and for many years to come thanks to Maggie!!” — Chris Ellis


The 102nd annual State Meet will be held May 24-25, 2013, at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.

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Master’s All-Americans Like ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’


Master’s Track and Field All-Americans Ken and Joann Ellis, of Edmund, Oklahoma take a break from the pole-vault competition to pose with their favorite story about their favorite sport. Ken and Joann won several events at the Bill Butterworth Indoor Master’s Track and Field Meet held Saturday, Jan. 26th, at Wichita State University. They are longtime master’s track and field friends and age-group competitors of author Grant Overstake and his wife, Claire. “Go Team Ellis!”

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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

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‘Maggie’ is Featured Article in December VAULTER Magazine!

Just in time for Christmas, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is featured in the December issue of the nation’s top magazine for pole-vaulters, VAULTER Magazine!

The beautiful six-page spread is titled, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a Must Read for Any Athlete, and was expertly written by Michelle Walthall, who did a great job capturing the buzz and excitement that the novel has created in the pole-vaulting community and beyond.

Some of the many images included with the article are the book’s cover, a photo of Olympian Earl Bell and Author Grant Overstake presenting a copy of the book to vaulter Caitlin Hawk, and a huge photo of the entire Tailwind Pole Vaulting Club, located in Jamestown, Kan., which is where the inspiration for the story came from.

Of course, it wouldn’t be proper to reprint the entire article here on this post. Instead, we encourage all of you Maggie fans to help promote the best magazine about the sport of pole-vaulting by going Online and ordering the December issue of VAULTER Magazine. (You can download the December issue onto your computer or mobile device for only $3.00).

We’ve been given permission by Editor Doug Bouma to share what he wrote about Maggie in the intro to this month’s  issue:

Our final issue of 2012 brings an exciting development in the pole vaulting circle. Grant Overstake, Former Miami Herald Sports Writer and a lifelong participant in the sport of track and field, has created his first work of sports fiction, a novel titled Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. This novel is an endearing and inspiring story, and one worth taking a look at for any athlete. Once you read the information and some reviews we collected, you will want to pick up a copy. Maggie is a character you can’t help but fall in love with.

To this we say, Thanks Doug!

And Thank You, VAULTER Magazine!

Order your copy of VAULTER Magazine Today!

‘Maggie’ is featured in the December issue of VAULTER Magazine.