Brendan Muhs Steps Onto Podium At NJ Race Of Champions

Brendan Muhs Won 3rd Place At ROC State Champion
Race Of Champions Top 40% Tucker, Jack, Joe, Connor, Olivia, Jillian, Brendan & Polina

Eight ski racers from the Sparta Alpine Racing Ski Team qualified to race in this years State Race of Champions. Named "ALL LEAGUE" Top 33% were Brendan Muhs, Joe Russo, Connor McAndris, Polina Novozhilova, Jillian Stote & Olivia Finkeldie. Named "Honorable Mention" Top 40% were Tucker Sears & Jack Imgrund. The ROC 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 1st 2019. 48 racers competed in the mens 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.

Here are the final race result for our Sparta Ski racers:

  • BOYS:
    • 39 Brendan Muhs 43.48 (7) 33.58 (2) 1:17.06 (3rd)
    • 68 Joe Russo 47.38 (35) 41.40 (35) 1:28.78 (32nd)
    • 82 Jack Imgrund 48.37 (39) 43.14 (40) 1:31.51 (36th)
    • 81 Tucker Sears 49.95 (44) 41.85 (37) 1:31.80 (38th)
    • 71 Connor McAndris 45.54 (21) DNF
  • GIRLS:
    • 13 Polina Novozhilova 47.06 (10) 39.19 (12) 1:26.25 (12th)
    • 21 Olivia Finkeldie 47.97 (18) 40.71 (15) 1:28.68 (14th)
    • 17 Jillian Stote 49.14 (24) 39.94 (13) 1:29.08 (15th)

With the results in from the Race of Champions, the NJISRA committee was able to finalize the individual league points for each racer. League points determine which racers would advance to join the NJ State Team of 12 and compete in Eastern Regionals. Brendan Muhs finished the season 2nd overall with 113.5 points, Polina Novozhilova finished the season in 12th place with 82.3 points. Brendan and Polina both qualified for the first NJISRA State Team. Jillian Stote finished in 16th place with 64.7 points. All three racers made the  NJISRA State 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. Good Luck to Brendan, Polina & Jillian at Eastern Regionals!

To view all the racers times for the 2019 ROC, go to the race results on SpartaSki.com website. 

Congratulations to Brendan Muhs for stepping onto the podium
and to all eight Sparta Alpine Racers
who Qualified to race
in the Race Of Champions! 

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3 Comments

  1. Bob MuhsMarch 5, 2019

    Congratulations Spartans on what is probably the best ski season the team has ever had! Each and every racer competed with the heart of Champions!

    Thanks to Coach Calafati for all your efforts to pull this team together and push them to do their very best!


  2. Pavel NovozhilovMarch 5, 2019

    Also big thanks to Claudia and Rachel for coming to support the team! This goes a long way to have your teammates around in races like ROC!


  3. Pavel NovozhilovMarch 5, 2019

    Congratulations, Brendan! Strong finish in the most important race and amazing season overall!!
    Girls, my heart goes out to you! Consistency is key and you had it all the way through the season!


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