USC captures Crosstown Gauntlet

For another year, the Trojans are better than the Bruins — at least, athletically.

USC has beat out UCLA for the rights to the Crosstown Gauntlet for the third consecutive year, USC announced today. An annual competition between the two schools, the Gauntlet had changed every year since its inception in 2002 until 2008.

"This is another great day to be a Trojan," USC athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement. "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."

The Trojans clinched the victory Saturday with wins in men's and women's track and field and women's rowing, giving them 65 points. 57.5 points are required to win the trophy outright, with points attributed to head-to-head battles between the two schools in every sport. Points are still up for grabs in baseball — the two schools will compete in mid-May — but UCLA cannot win.

The all-sports competition had been sponsored by Lexus until the car manufacturer's contract expired last year. The two schools searched for an available sponsor but couldn't find a fit; instead, the schools' athletic departments keep official counts.