The senior broke through at last weekend’s regional meet in Tiffin and is set to compete in the Division III state track and field competition in both the high jump (1 p.m. Friday) and long jump (4 p.m. Friday).
"This season has been a lot different then others because I decided before the season that I was going to run track for Heidelberg," said Schaub, who earned his state berth on the campus of the NCAA Div. III school in Tiffin. "This made me focus and realize that there was no other option than doing my absolute best all year."
It did not take Schaub long to realize that the state competition was a possibility — but it did not come easily.
"At our second meet of the year, I jumped a 21-feet-3 in long jump, so I knew I had it in me to make it to state," Schaub said. "However, at one of our last meets, I was warming up for high jump after fouling all three attempts for long jump, and I planted my foot wrong and tweaked something in my Achilles.
“It’s still very sore to this day, and I can only jump for so long before it gets extremely painful,” he added.
Schaub is motivated by a missed opportunity last year.
"Going back to last year at regionals, I missed out on state when the very last jumper knocked me from fourth place to fifth place by one inch," Schaub said. "So, all the way back then I knew I could make it. I just had to train harder in the offseason."
At regionals, Schaub was fourth in the high jump at 6-feet-2. He took second in the long jump at 21-feet-8.75.
"I want to break our school record of 22-4," Schaub said. "That has been my goal the entire year. I really want to break it. I want to be the best jumper Monroeville has ever had, and that’s the only way to prove it."
Schaub said the two events reflect each other and he builds off each.
"They are actually very similar," Schaub said. "For me, speed is key, so in both events I try to build up as much momentum, and let that sort of do the work while I focus on form in the air."
In the long jump, Schaub won both the district (20-9.25) and Firelands Conference (20-0.5) titles.
"There are three 22-foot jumpers going into state, so if I jump a high 22, which would also break the school record, I would have a shot at winning it," Schaub said. "That is a stretch though, but I can honestly see it happening."
Schaub also won the district and FC titles in the high jump, both at six feet.
"That is not my main event, but I am glad I made it," Schaub said. "I am going to try my best to get on the podium for that as well."