|Hometown:||Carl Junction, Mo.|
|High School:||Carl Junction HS|
2012-13: Indoor: Competed in the long jump at the MIAA Championships where she finished sixth jumping 5.50m (18-00.50) and 10th in the 60m hurdles running 8.97... Finished third in the long jump (17-08), and fifth in the 60m hurdles running 9.27 at the UCM Invite... Finished fourth in the long jump at the MSSU Lion Invite leaping 5.54m (18-02.25) while taking fifth in the 60m hurdles (9.18) and 600 yard run (1:35.35)... Competed in the 60m hurdles (9.43 and long jump (16-03.25) at the KU Relays... Finished eighth in the long jump (5.30m) and 11th in the 60m hurdles (9.38) at the Missouri Invitational... Won the long jump (17-06.75) and finished fourth in the 60m hurdles (9.25) at the MSSU Open Invitational... Finished third in the 60m hurdles (9.26), seventh in the 400 meter dash (1:03.16) and 10th in the long jump (16-01.75) at the MSSU Early Bird Open... Outdoor: Competed in the 100 meter hurdles (15.77), 400 meter hurdles (1:12.75) and long jump (17-00) at the MIAA Championships... Finished third in the long jump at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad jumping 5.59m (18-04.25) while taking fifth in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 15.58... Finished second in the long jump at the PSU Gorilla Classic with a jump of 5.62m (18-05.25)... Finished fifth in the long jump with a jump of 5.53m at the PSU Wendy's Invite.
2011-2012: Indoor: Ran 9.38 in the 60m hurdles at the MIAA Championships ... Long jumped 4.81m (15-09.5) at the UCM Classic ... Ran the 400m at the MSSU Invite in 1:05.7 ... Outdoor: Ran the 100m hurdles in 15.04 & 400m hurdles in 1:09.22 at the MIAA Championships and also competed in long jump with a distance of 5.35m (17-06.75) ... Took second in the 400m hurdles (1:06.75) and sixth in the 100m hurdles (14.93) at the Williams/Leptad Invite ... Took fourth in the 100m hurdles (15.3) and fifth in the 400m hurdles (1:07.46) at the Pitt State Classic, also competed in long jump with a jump of 5.24m (17-2.25) and triple jump of 10.75m (35-3.25) ... Took ninth in the long jump with a jump of 5.39m (17-8.25) while triple jumping 10.71m (35-1.75) at the Emporia State Relays ... Took third in the 400m hurdles (1:09.94) and fourth in the 100m hurdles (15.65) at the PSU Wendy's Invite, also took third in the triple jump with a jump of 10.94m (35-10.75)...
Prior to Southern: Mead was a four year letterwinner on the track at CJHS where she was a hurdler and jumper for the Bulldogs ... a state finalist in both the hurdle events this past year, Mead holds the school records in the 100m and 300m hurdles, as well as being a member of a record-setting 4x400m relay team.
Personal: the daughter of Jeff and Lauri Mead, Taitum plans to major in physical education at Southern.