June 28, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - For the second year, Stanford has claimed the Lexus Gauntlet trophy by beating rival Cal in a year-long, all-sports challenge. The Cardinal won the prized award to claim collegiate athletic supremacy in the Bay Area by surpassing the Golden Bears in total points, 77.5 to 57.5.
Interim Athletic Director Bill Walsh will accept the 150-pound, pewter-gilded trophy from The Northern California Lexus Dealers Association today at 10:30 a.m. in Arrillaga Plaza on the Stanford campus on behalf of all the athletes and athletic staff at Stanford. The Stanford band, cheerleaders, athletic staff and a 2006 Lexus GS 430 will be at the pep rally-style event.
"Stanford has a long athletic tradition that goes back to 1892 and our first win over Cal. We're pleased that Lexus is adding another level to our competitive athletic spirit with the Lexus Gauntlet trophy," said Walsh. "The 80 coaches and 800 student-athletes competed at a very high level throughout the year, and I'm proud to have the Lexus Gauntlet remain at Stanford for another year."
A portion of the Lexus Gauntlet sponsorship is provided in recognition of good sportsmanship in competition between the schools. An annual scholarship recipient at both schools is determined and recognized at the end of each academic year when the Lexus Gauntlet trophy is presented.
Women's tennis star Alice Barnes is Stanford's second recipient of the scholarship for outstanding sportsmanship. A native of England, Barnes is a four-time All-American who helped the Cardinal win its third straight national title. She also is a recipient of the Al Masters Award, presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement.
The competition for the Lexus Gauntlet saw Stanford and Cal men and women compete against each other in varsity sports, including baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, volleyball and water polo.
Points were awarded toward the Lexus Gauntlet trophy for every meeting between the Cardinal and Bears. A total of 135 points were up for grabs between each sport's season series and conference championships (for those teams that didn't meet head-to-head). The magic number to clinch the trophy outright was 70 points.
Cal took an early lead in the competition with successes in women's soccer and field hockey, as well as major domination in football, adding 10 points to Cal's Gauntlet totals. Stanford then took the lead late in March, the beginning of a strong push in winter and spring sports. The Cardinal men captured their second straight PAC-10 title in three seasons for gymnastics, while the women's gymnastics team finished second at championships, putting Stanford in the lead for the Lexus Gauntlet March 25. Stanford continued to rack up points through the men's and women's crew events which closed out athletic competitions May 14.
The 2006-2007 academic year will mark the third year of the partnership with Lexus and the two universities. The Northern California Lexus Dealers, who bring their customers America's best-selling luxury automotive nameplate, serve as the leading sponsor to both the Cal and Stanford athletic departments.