The Sparta Varsity Girls Alpine Ski Team finished 5th overall at the 2022 NJ State Championships and the Boys Alpine Ski Team raced to 8th place overall. The State Championship races were held over two days at two different NJ ski mountains with only the top eleven high school ski teams in the state racing. The first day of the competition was the giant slalom discipline held at the National Winter Activity Center in Vernon NJ on Tuesday, February 15th, and the following day the slalom competition was held at Mountain Creek in Vernon NJ.
Overall, the Sparta Varsity Girls came in 5th place with a team time of 11:50.98 and Sparta Boys came in 8th place with a team time of 11:36.58. Pingry girls won the 2022 State Championships with a team time of 10:57.57, Vernon took podium 2nd with a time of 11:27.17, and Ridgewood high school took podium 3rd with a team time of 11:42.31. Vernon boys won the State Championship, followed by Morristown Beard and Don Bosco, team times respectively were 10:40.39, 10:42.51, and 10:57.29.
GIANT SLALOM VARSITY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - NATIONAL WINTER ACTIVITY CENTER 2/15/22:
The Sparta Girls team finished fifth with a team of 5:44.18. Pingry won the GS event with a time of 5:23.93, Vernon took 2nd place at 5:38.15, and Ridgewood 3rd place with a team time of 5:41.84. Contributing to the team time for Sparta Girls were Madison Campisi (11th overall), Aubrey Zimmermann (18), Captain Cora Moriarty (21), and Catherine Marussich (25).
The Sparta Boys team took 8th place with a team time of 5:42.79. Podium 1st place went to Vernon with a team time of 5:18.71, Don Bosco finished in 2nd place team time 5:20.01 and Morristown Beard finished 3rd place with a team time of 5:24.40. Contributing to the team time for Sparta Boys were Captain Kanna Pasunuri (14th overall), Drew Young (30), James Kressman (33), and David Baker (34).
SLALOM VARSITY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - MOUNTAIN CREEK 2/16/22:
After all the racers completed their two slalom runs, the Sparta Varsity Girls finished in 6th place overall, with a team time of 6:06.80. Podium 1st place went to Pingry with a team time of 5:33.64, Tenafly finished in 2nd place at 5:44.86, and Vernon 3rd place with a team time of 5:49.02. Madison Campisi (16th overall), Captain Cora Moriarty (18), Aubrey Zimmermann (22), and Catherine Marussich (27) all contributed to the team time.
The Sparta Varsity Boys ski team finished the slalom event in 8th place with a team time of 5:53.79. Morristown Beard won the race with a team time of 5:18.11, Vernon finished in 2nd place with a team time of 5:21.68 and Pingry finished in 3rd place with a team time of 5:22.64. Contributing to the team time for the Sparta Boys was Captain Kanna Pasunuri (15th overall), Drew Young (28), David Baker (35), and James Kressman (45).
"This was a very gratifying season. Our young team of alpine racers worked hard from the very start, they learned how to compete as a team, and they showed up to race strong at every event. Pre-qualifying for States based on our high win percentages and getting close to podium placement at States was rewarding for all."
Congratulations to all our racers for a wonderful, prosperous race season.