“It was one of the greatest things that ever happened to her,” said author Grant Overstake. “The whole experience was simply awesome.”
They say everything’s bigger in Texas and this event was no exception. The USA Track and Field Sanctioned Event featured four vault runways! There were exactly 300 participants, and 301 if you count one fictional vaulter from Grain Valley, Kan.
A copy of Overstake’s inspirational sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon was presented to champions in each female division. In addition, a special “Maggie Award” was presented to Adolph Hoffman of Summersett, Texas, who jumped a new Age 90 World Record of 6-0 at the event! (See Full Results Here)
The invitation to Come on down! to the Texas River Championships came from Jon Johnson, President of the event and a coach of one the nation’s premier clubs, Lone Star Pole Vaulting. He says awarding copies of Maggie will inspire the female vaulters to continue on their own quests, over the moon.
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Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of a fictional farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic vaulters Becky Holliday, Jeremy Scott and Erica Bartolina, and many others who identify with the books inspiring message.
“Maggie demonstrates the power of perseverance; an idea we wish to instill in our competitors at the Texas River Vault Championships,” Johnson said. “We know that her story will inspire our competitors to succeed and achieve the same level of greatness.”
Maggie says, “I want to thank everyone for their hospitality. Please let me know what you think after reading my story. It was really, really great spending time with all ya’ all!”
Most of the Texas River Vault Champions and medal winners are identified, from left to right in the photos below. If you know the names of the unidentified vaulters, please contact us through Maggie’s Facebook page.
About Lone Star PV:
Lone Star PV, LLC, doing business as Olympic Quest, is a pole vaulting club in New Braunfels, Texas housed in a 7000 square foot gym on the property of Head Coach Kris Allison. Founded in 2001, LSPV services over 200 vaulters each year via group lessons, private lessons, instructional clinics, competitions, and camps. Its membership fluctuates throughout the competitive year, however monthly membership in the “club” ranges between 20-50 members annually. Lone Star has produced 14 State High School Champions, 10 Junior Olympic champions, and countless other medalists at every level of competition.