LOS ANGELES--With USC's victories over UCLA in women's rowing and men's and women's track and field on Saturday (May 1), the Trojans have scored enough points to clinch the 2009-10 version of the Crosstown Gauntlet.
It's an unprecedented third consecutive win for USC in the head-to-head all-sports competition with crosstown rival UCLA.
"This is another great day to be a Trojan," said USC athletic director Mike Garrett. "For the third year in a row, I'm proud to proclaim that we are the Crosstown Gauntlet champion. This is a credit to the hard work and talent of all of our coaches and student-athletes in our 19 sports. They are to be congratulated because I know how much this crosstown rivalry competition means to each of them and to our fans."
Before USC's current 3-year run, the winner of the Crosstown Gauntlet Trophy had alternated every year. After USC captured the inaugural trophy in 2001-02, UCLA won it in 2002-03, USC recaptured it in 2003-04, UCLA won it back in 2004-05, USC claimed it in 2005-06 and then UCLA won it in 2006-07.
Points are awarded to the winner of each Trojan-Bruin contest throughout the year and the Gauntlet Trophy is presented to the school with the most points at year's end. A minimum of 57.5 points is required to win the trophy outright.