When Scott Schain of Glendale College steps into the shotput ring Friday in the state championship meet at Bakersfield College, he likely will have more on his mind than winning.
The freshman from Granada Hills High said he would like to exit the ring without his right ankle resembling a cantaloupe as it did after his foot struck the front of the ring in the Western State Conference final.
Schain, who also had state qualifying marks in the hammer throw, discus and javelin, will participate exclusively in the shotput because of the ankle injury from which he has only partially recovered. The 5-10, 205-pound right-hander, who is a sophomore academically but a freshman in eligibility after redshirting last season because of a back injury, is hoping to earn a college scholarship. His 55-3 personal best this season ranks among the state's top marks.
Schain, 20, had the grades required to attend a major university out of high school but said he felt unprepared for college. He was a major contributor this season as Glendale won its 116th consecutive dual meet and 13th consecutive conference championship. However, he was not always sure he had made the right decision.