When track and field season ends, the Reynoldsburg High School girls team will meet for a banquet just like any other team does.

When track and field season ends, the Reynoldsburg High School girls team will meet for a banquet just like any other team does.

Senior Melanie Marx will get a letter just like the rest of her teammates. But for Marx, it will be her 12th. In an age of specialization, when it's hard to play even two sports and play them well, Marx has defied the odds.

Marx will have earned four letters each in soccer, basketball and track. And she hasn't just participated, she has excelled.

She signed a letter of intent last month to play soccer at Ohio Dominican. She played center-midfielder last fall as the Raiders advanced to a Division I district semifinal before losing to Upper Arlington.

In basketball, Marx was a starting guard for three seasons as the Raiders compiled a record of 70-25 the past four seasons, advancing to a district final three times.

In track, Marx ran a leg of the 3,200-meter relay that finished second at the state meet last spring, ran a leg on the 1,600 relay that finished eighth at the state meet and also finished 15th in the state meet in the 800 last spring. The team finished second in the state behind Cleveland Heights Beaumont. Her relays have won four OCC titles, two district titles and two regional title. She also is in the school record books twice, for the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Marx has enjoyed all three sports and that one sport helps the other. But soccer holds a special place.

"Soccer is probably my favorite because it's the first sport I ever played," she said. "Basketball is up there now because of the season we just had."

Her three coaches -- Mark Wise in soccer, Jack Purtell in basketball and Denny Hammond in track -- are at least seven seasons into their tenure at the school.

All three are impressed.

"She's an athlete and could be good at any activity she would get into," Wise said. "She also just has a sense, keeps her mind in the game and knows how to anticipate."

"She's a special athlete," Purtell said. "In a lifetime as a coach, you don't get too many like her and she's one of them. She's special, that's all you can say about her."

"She's gutsy any place on the track," Hammond said. "She's a great competitor with a great work ethic and a no fear attitude. Like all great athletes, she's not afraid to take a chance.

The coaches agreed that Marx displays humility and quiet determination that makes her a joy to coach. Her favorite track memory isn't an individual performance or finish, it was when the team finished second in the state meet last year.

Hammond's favorite memory of Marx involves the 800 and how she took that on last season.

"Last year at the regional meet when she qualified for the state meet, I was more proud of her than any athlete I've ever coached," he said. "She had been a relay runner but I said 'you can do this' and you should have seen the smile on her face (after that race)."

In basketball, Marx averaged 6.1 points last season, made second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and was selected to play in the District 10 all-star game. Purtell said she could have scored more, but her humble attitude kept the average down.

"She's so unselfish, she passed up shots," he said. "Defensively, she's been awesome all four years, she didn't make mistakes on defense. She was a great player for the Raiders."

Her favorite basketball memory was the district final against PickeringtonCentral last month.

"It was one of the toughest games of my life," she said of the 46-43 loss.

Her favorite soccer memory was either a win over a Pickerington team a few seasons ago or last season's semifinal loss to UA. Even though the team lost, she said it played a good game."

Marx said her training in each sport helps the other and some of the movements in each sport translate well. She said there was one almost embarrassing moment where her soccer skills didn't translate to the basketball court.

"Once, in a basketball game, I almost kicked the ball instead of catching it, but luckily I caught myself in time and didn't get caught doing that," she said.

Marx said she learned organization and time management from playing so many sports and she has made many friends in each sport and they support her no matter the season.

"The friends I've made in sports are people I'll always remember," she said.

Though Marx is attending college on a soccer scholarship, all three coaches agree it didn't have to be soccer. Wise is glad she's playing something in college.

"If she'd played basketball or ran track in college I would be happy for her," he said. "She could excel in anything she does, but it is kind of cool that she chose soccer."

When she won her first soccer letter as a freshman in 2005, she had no idea what the future would bring.

"I had no clue what I could accomplish," she said. "I guess I started thinking about it my junior year and just kept pushing myself."