Stanford Grabs the Gauntlet

Continuing the tradition of competition between Stanford and Cal, the two Bay Area rivals engaged this year in the inaugural all-sports battle for bragging rights - the Lexus Gauntlet. The Cardinal have claimed victory, by a 70-65 score, and today were presented with the 150-pound trophy on Stanford's campus.

Stanford was officially presented today with the 2005 Lexus Gauntlet trophy, representing a year-long all-sports victory over Cal.  This is the inaugural year of this competition between the Bay Area rival schools, and the Cardinal defeated the Bears by a score of 70-65.

"We're pleased to bring the Lexus Gauntlet trophy home to Stanford," says athletic director Ted Leland.  "This has been an amazing year for our athletic department.  This trophy is a tribute to the triumph and sportsmanship of our outstanding student-athletes and exceptional coaching staffs in this passionate rivalry."

Leland deferred credit to his coaches and programs for the Gauntlet victory.  On hand were three of Stanford's head coaches as the trophy was presented: Bret Simon (men's soccer), John Rittman (softball) and John Tanner (women's water polo).

More than a trophy, the Gauntlet competition presents the winner with scholarship money for their general athletic fund.  Additionally, one individual from the winning school is chosen for a post-graduate scholarship.  Fifth-year women's basketball standout guard and fan favorite Susan Borchardt was today named that recipient.  Borchardt is currently playing in the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx and could not be on hand.

Results for the 2004-05 academic year and first edition of the Gauntlet are below.  Five points are awarded for every sport, save football, which is the core rivalry between the two schools and earns 10 points.  In the event of a tie, the points are split evenly between the two schools.  For those sports where Stanford and Cal do not meet in an explicit head-to-head match-up, scoring is derived from Pac-10 or NCAA competition.  For those sports where the schools meet multiple times during the year, such as swimming or track & field, the dual meet competition is used for scoring.

Stanford Tie California
(2.5) W-Volleyball (2.5)
    Field Hockey (5.0)
(2.5) W-Soccer (2.5)
    M-Soccer (5.0)
    Football (10.0)
W-Water Polo (5.0)    
(2.5) M-Water Polo (2.5)
W-Cross Country (5.0)    
M-Cross Country (5.0)    
W-Basketball (5.0)    
M-Basketball (5.0)    
W-Tennis (5.0)    
(2.5) M-Tennis (2.5)
W-Swimming (5.0)    
    M-Swimming (5.0)
Softball (5.0)    
    Baseball (5.0)
W-Gymnastics (5.0)    
    M-Gymnastics (5.0)
M-Golf (5.0)    
    W-Golf (5.0)
W-Lacrosse (5.0)    
    M-Crew (5.0)
    W-Crew (5.0)
    M-Track & Field (5.0)
W-Track & Field (5.0)    
Stanford Total = 70.0   Cal Total = 65.0

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