We are all very proud of the way our boys and girls ski teams performed last night ! We all knew it was going to be a challenging race. We entered the first NJISRA Giant Slalom race of the season less 25% of our varsity racers due to recent injuries. With a limited number of racers on the roster, it was clear that we needed to race aggressively controlled and have each racer cross the finish if we were going to have a chance at placing on the podium. Easier said than done. When the race was finished, our girls varsity ski team had successfully pulled it off and almost won it all, only three tenths of a second away from winning 1st Place.
The Sparta Girls Varsity racers were amazing last night. They completed the night with a team race time of 6:18.41 to take second place, .33 of a second behind Ridge ski team with a team time of 6:18.08 and a full 24 seconds ahead of the third place Wayne Valley ski team with a team time of 6:42.46. Contributing to the Sparta girls team second place finish were the following four racers: Olivia Finkeldie (4th overall), Rachel Young (5th overall), Claudia Calafati (6th overall) and Cora Moriarty (13th overall). Way to deliver girls!
The Sparta Varsity Boys Ski Team placed 5th overall with a team time of 6:27.50. Contributing to the boys ski team race time were Connor McAndris (9th place overall), Tucker Sears (16th overall), Colin Kowalski (23rd overall) and Scott Wood (28th overall).
Congratulations to our four varsity ski racers who finished in the top ten overall last night: Captain Connor McAndris, Captain Olivia Finkeldie, Rachel Young and Claudia Calafati.
Here are the team standings after our first race: Varsity Girls: 2 Wins 1 Loss | Varsity Boys: 0 Wins 3 Loss.
Congratulations Girls On An Impressive 2nd Place Podium Victory.
Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer on the Sparta Ski Team. We hope to see you all at our next race.
If anyone has photos from the race, please email them to coach@SpartaSki.com.