Stanford Takes the Gauntlet Again

While newly hired Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby is on campus today, he can already celebrate a victory for Stanford over their cross-Bay rivals at Cal. The Bootleg is declaring that the Cardinal have this week accumulated enough points to clinch the Lexus Gauntlet for the second straight year, giving Stanford the trophy and bragging rights for an all-sports victory over Cal in 2005-06.

Though the official declaration of a winner and the presentation may not come until June, The Bootleg has determined that Stanford is the winner of the 2006 Lexus Gauntlet trophy, representing a year-long all-sports victory over California.  This is the second year of this competition between the Bay Area rival schools, and the Cardinal currently lead the Bears by an unofficial tally of 72.5 points to 47.5 points.  Stanford won the first Lexus Gauntlet last year by a 70 to 65 final margin.

The Pac-10 men's golf and women's golf competitions concluded on Wednesday, with the Cal women finishing ahead of Stanford and the Stanford men finishing ahead of Cal - earning five points for both schools in the Lexus Gauntlet standings.  With 135 total points up for grabs across 26 sports through the course of the year, 70 points is the clinching total necessary to take the title, and Stanford pushed ahead of that mark with men's golf.  Points still remain outstanding in men's crew, women's crew and baseball but will affect only the final margin, rather than the winning outcome.  Baseball's points will be awarded to the winner of the three-game Pac-10 series played next weekend at Sunken Diamond.  Both sets of crew points will be determined at their respective Pac-10 championships on May 14 at Rancho Cordova.

Thus far this year, Stanford has won 14 sports to Cal's eight.  There has been only one split this year, coming in men's basketball.  Last year, there were four sports that ended with split points, while the Cardinal claimed possession of 12 sports to the Bears' 10.

Updated results for the 2005-06 academic year and second 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
W-Volleyball (5.0)    
    Field Hockey (5.0)
    W-Soccer (5.0)
    M-Soccer (5.0)
    Football (10.0)
W-Water Polo (5.0)    
M-Water Polo (5.0)    
W-Cross Country (5.0)    
M-Cross Country (5.0)    
W-Basketball (5.0)    
(2.5) M-Basketball (2.5)
W-Tennis (5.0)    
M-Tennis (5.0)    
    W-Swimming (5.0)
M-Swimming (5.0)    
Softball (5.0)    
?? Baseball ??
W-Gymnastics (5.0)    
M-Gymnastics (5.0)    
M-Golf (5.0)    
    W-Golf (5.0)
    W-Lacrosse (5.0)
?? M-Crew ??
?? W-Crew ??
    M-Track & Field (5.0)
W-Track & Field (5.0)    
Stanford Total = 72.5   Cal Total = 47.5


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