Brendan Muhs 3rd Place at 2019 NJ Race of Champions.
Eight ski racers from the Sparta Alpine Racing Ski Team qualified to race in this year's NJ Race of Champions. Named "ALL LEAGUE" Top 33 percent were; Brendan Muhs, Joe Russo, Connor McAndris, Polina Novozhilova, Jillian Stote & Olivia Finkeldie. Named "Honorable Mention" Top 40 percent were; Tucker Sears & Jack Imgrund. The Race Of Champions consisted of one giant slalom run followed by one slalom run with time for inspection in between runs. The NJ Race Of Champions (ROC) took place on Friday March 1, 2019. Forty-eight racers competed in the men's Race of Champions. Sparta Team Captain Brendan Muhs won podium placement tied for third place overall with a total time of 1:17.06, sharing the podium 3rd place with Brennan Chuang of Wayne Valley. Winning first place overall at the ROC was Kyle Hayes of Vernon with a total time of 1:14.39 and in second place was Alex D'alessandro with a total time of 1:16.66. In the giant slalom competition Brendan Muhs finished 7th and in the slalom race he won 2nd place. All three Sparta Girl racers finished strong and in the top 15 in a field of 37 total racers. Polina Novozhilova finished in 12th place with a total time of 1:26.25, Olivia Finkeldie finished in 14th place with a total time of 1:28.68 and just behind her was teammate Jillian Stote finishing in 15th place with a total time of 1:29.08. Kaitlin Devir of Ridgewood won first place with a time of 1:18.92, Martina Birch of Vernon won second with a time of 1:21.72 and Jane McKinley of Ridgewood won third with a total time of 1:22.66. Three Sparta Ski Team racers, Brendan Muhs, Polina Novozhilova & Jillian Stote have advanced to join the NJISRA State Ski Team and will be competing in the USSA Eastern Regional High School Championship at Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire Friday March 8 through Sun March 10.