Granted, the Mammoser family has had a large say in that. Of those 15 entries, eight are due to one of three Mammoser vaulters. Eric, the oldest, had a personal best of 15-3 in 2006 for a second-place finish.
Middle brother Scott vaulted 15-6 in 2009 for a state title and younger brother Mitch one-upped them all, winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Scott went on to vault for Eastern Illinois, and Mitch is now a member of the Illini track and field team.
"I think we just got real lucky with the Mammoser family," Short said of Newton's good fortune in the event. "They started from scratch and each kid got better as they went along."
This year, it was Brandon Tolliver-Goode's turn to carry the Eagles in Charleston at the state meet. He successfully cleared 14 feet to finish fourth, one place better than his showing a year ago. Not surprisingly, he first took an interest in the event after watching the success the Mammosers enjoyed before him.
"Brandon got into it because of them, that got his interest piqued," Short said. "It's an exciting event to watch. A kid going up in the air 15 feet, that's impressive. It looks like 30 feet when you're up at the top of the pole."
While Newton's boys have certainly had a strangle at, or near, the top of the pole vaulting realm, other area athletes have begun to pick up the slack. Effingham's Clark Williamson was a finalist this spring in Class 2A, completing a personal record of 13-9 in the prelims. Though he didn't place in Saturday's finals, it marked the first time a Heart vaulter reached the last day of competition in the 10-year stretch.