CENTURY LEAGUE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS : Villa Park Freshman Shows She's No Fluke With Victories


When Megan Reppe, a freshman at Villa Park, rocketed to a 12.41-second clocking to win the frosh-soph girls' 100 meters at the Orange County Championships last month, it stunned many observers.

Reppe, who was faster than the top varsity runner that day, did benefit from a wind of more than the allowable 2.0 meters-per-second, but fast is fast.

And Friday at the Century League finals, Reppe showed it was no fluke, winning the 100- and 220-yard dashes in 11.2 and 25.7, respectively. She also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet 4 3/4 inches and anchored the Spartans' 440 relay team to a victory in 50.6.

Despite Reppe's efforts, Villa Park still came up short in the final team scoring, finishing fourth. Foothill won with 92 points. Canyon was second with 85, El Modena third (83) and Villa Park fourth (82).

Foothill freshmen Katie Mook and Tara Oettinger gave Reppe a run for it, and piled up enough points to pull out the team victory. Mook won the 110- and 330-yard low hurdles in 15.9 and 45.5 and Oettinger was second in the 100 (11.6) and 220 (25.9).

Santa Ana Valley, with victories in the 100, 220, 120 high hurdles, 440 relay and discus, won the boys' team title over Foothill, 141-93.

The most noteworthy boys' performances were turned in by El Modena's Greg Van Sluis, who improved his Orange County-leading mark with a 15-foot clearance in winning the pole vault, and Foothill's Aaron Taub, who won the 440 in a county-leading 48.6.

Van Sluis' previous best was 14-6 at the Arcadia Invitational April 11.

Taub, whose previous best was 48.78 at Arcadia, also ran a 49.8 anchor leg on Foothill's winning mile relay team. The Knights defeated Santa Ana Valley, 3:21.4 to 3:22.4.

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