Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

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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.