Faces in KS: Marrit Mead

Mead is looking to be a three-sport all-state athlete this year. (photo: Gena Marie Photography)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Oct 8, 2019

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Marrit Mead is the definition of a multiple-sport athlete. The senior four-sport athlete from Santa Fe Trail High School also shines doing so. It’s a name that has came up multiple times over the last several seasons in what seems to be, just about every single sport we cover at Sports in Kansas.

Mead plays volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field for the 3A Chargers.

In volleyball she has been a four-year starter at libero on the way to going over 1,000 career digs last season as a junior, a total that is now over 1,500 in her career. She has earned all-league the last two seasons and is a three-time team captain.

In softball Mead is a three-year starter and has earned all-state over the last two seasons. She also has earned all-league over the last three seasons with an entire senior year left.  The infielder hit. 524 last season with 25 runs, 16 RBI, 20 stolen bases. She has stolen 54 bases in her career. Mead plans on playing at Washburn University at the next level. She is part of the highly regarded Top Gun Academy team out of Topeka that is ranked nationally by FloSoftball.

She obviously has some speed with those stolen base numbers so that’s where track and field comes into play. She is a two-time state qualifier in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. She took fourth in the state last season in the 100 meters.

While there are many multiple sport athletes across the state, Mead has had one heck of a career so far maintaining playing all the sports including basketball that she does in the winter. She could very easily focus on softball but playing all sports for her school is very important to her.

She also gets it done in the classroom with a 4.8 GPA. She is a Kansas Honor Scholar and is in the top 10 of her class.

For now, it’s all about volleyball season until the next sport rolls around as her team is trying to improve each time out as they play as they’ve been in a rebuilding phase. We caught up with the outstanding multiple sport athlete below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.

Q&A w/ Mead

How did you get involved in volleyball?

 I started playing club volleyball when I was 8 years old.  I was so short I could walk under the net without ducking.  I grew up watching older girls play and wishing to be just like them. I would practice for hours hitting a ball against my barn. Teaching myself new skills such as jumping serving when I was 8 years old! A turning point in my volleyball career was playing club volleyball for 2 years for Kansas Networks (Shazam) and being coached by Stuart Johnson and Phil Barker.  During my two seasons with Shazam we went to Nationals twice.  Our first trip we took 5th in the gold bracket.   The second trip we won the silver bracket.  It was a hard decision to quit playing club volleyball, but I did in order to focus on my softball recruitment.

What are your goals this season?

 For the team our goal was to win league and improve each time we play.  My personal goal was to make the 3A All- State team and to surpass 1500 career digs.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Our team has been rebuilding the past two seasons.      

What makes you such a force as a player?

I love to compete, and I love to win.  I have a lot of court experience and I understand the game. I am a very versatile player. I will play where ever it helps the team the most.  My speed and court IQ also make me a tough competitor.   

What’s the atmosphere like to play for your school and town?

 Although our atmosphere is very loud and energy driven, everyone is there for the team win or lose. Being a huge support system in every game! This season we only had 2 home games, which is a really tough schedule. But our student section really showed up for us and made it fun when we were at home.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

The atmosphere of a little 3A school is more than you would expect! Everyone gets into the games and is very supportive. We play hard every game and put up a fight.  

Who are other key players on your team?

Alyssa Barrington is our setter. She brings 2 years of varsity experience to the court. Alyssa gives 110% no matter the score. Diving left and right to get the job done. Without her, myself and other teammates would not be able to put the ball away.

Roslyn Sisson is one of our middles. She also brings 2 years of varsity experience to the court.  At 6’, Roslyn is a blocking machine and a big presence at the net.  Once she gets on a role there is no getting past her. I can’t wait to see what she will bring to the table for her senior year, next year.  It has been so much fun playing with her because she is also my cousin.

Favorite thing about volleyball?

My favorite thing about volleyball would be playing backrow. Nothing beats putting it all out there to dive for a ball and making some sweet plays.  Laying out for the perfect pancake play always gets me fired up, and then the crowd gets fired up.  It’s just a great feeling to make defensive plays that keep the game alive.  Being libero is my comfort zone because it’s the role I was in the most.  As a defensive player it is an awesome feeling when you pass the perfect ball to the setter to watch your hitter put it away.  I love to know that play started with me.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

After high school, I plan on attending Washburn University on a softball scholarship. I have been playing competitive softball since I was 6 years old. I play for Top Gun Academy-Angels coached by Scott Dial and Cory Ginter. I play middle infield and outfield.  We play a competitive schedule against many of the best teams in the country.  We are ranked nationally by FloSoftball.   For my high school team I play shortstop. 

I also play high school basketball and am a guard.  This will be my third season.  On the basketball court my strengths are speed and defense. 

I am also on my high school track team. I run the 100m and 200m dash. I am very lucky my school allows me to dual sport in the spring so I am able to do softball and track.  Earning a state track medal was one of the highlights of my high school athletic career.  There is nothing like competing at Cessna!

What is it like to play for your coach?

Megan is a blast to be around! Not only does she push us to be better on the court but off the court as well. We are expected to be students first and manage our grades. Our team is a reflection of her.  We are expected to set an example of good character. Megan has helped me a lot through my high school career and I am very thankful to have a coach like her.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

In the off-season we attend our school’s weights program and attend open gyms to get some touches in.  Many of us also played summer league volleyball to spend time together as a team.  I also have a very busy softball travel schedule in the summer which keeps me in very good condition.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I verbally committed to Washburn University for softball in June of 2018.  The recruiting process was exciting and stressful all at the same time.  I had other offers, but playing for Coach Holaday at Washburn was really a dream come true.  I’m looking forward to signing my National Letter of Intent on November 13th.  I never reached out to any volleyball coaches about playing at the next level because I picked softball.  I have recently had some track coaches reaching out to me.  It’s flattering, but softball is my passion.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

When I am not playing sports, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I would hope to have a good job and be pursuing what I love. As of now I am undecided as to what I would like to be when I am older.  I have considered some options such as physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject is math. My GPA is a 4.8

I am a Kansas Honor Scholar and am in the top 10 in my senior class. 

Who is your role model?

Mckenzie Steele is my role model. Growing up I watched her play all different kinds of sports and prayed to be just like her.  She made passing a volleyball look so easy.  She always took the time to talk to me and help me.  I watched her go from being a stand out on her very small high school team to being the libero for Hutchinson Community College.  Seeing her do it made me believe it could happen for me too.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

In Overbrook, the best place to eat is TJ’s Bar and Grill, but my favorite place to eat is Panda Express in Topeka.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I’m active in 4-H and have shown sheep and goats since I was 7.