May 17, 2010
Madison, Wis. - With the sixth season of the Border Battle competition between the athletic programs at Minnesota and Wisconsin concluded, Minnesota tied the series at 3-3 with a 550-330 advantage in 2009-10. Entering the final weekend of the competition with 80 points available, Wisconsin finished second to the Gophers in the Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track Championship, while the women finished third to Penn State and second place Minnesota at the women's outdoor meet.
Minnesota clinched the title by winning the women's softball game May 12 in extra innings. The second game of the double header was cancelled giving the Gophers all 40 points. It was Minnesota's second-straight series win having beaten the Badgers 535-345 last year.
The Gophers collected points in 17 of 29 events including sweeping honors in both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor conference track meets, and the swimming and diving championships. UM also had higher finishes in the conference meets in women's cross country and men's golf to collect 40 points per championship event for a total of 320 points.
The women's basketball Badgers secured all 40 points in the lone meeting between those two teams while the Minnesota men's basketball team won the single meeting with the UW men's team. UM also swept both matches in volleyball and won in women's soccer. The teams split points in men's and women's hockey while UW picked up all the points in football, men's cross country, women's golf, women's rowing and men's and women's tennis.
The Badgers had the advantage in this competition having won three of the first four years. In 2008, the competition came down to the last weekend for the third time. UW scored in 17 events totaling 465 points while Minnesota scored in 15 events for 415 points.
Wisconsin won the inaugural trophy in 2005 by the score of 235-205, while the Gophers tied the series with 530 points to UWs 350 in 2005-06. In the closest competition, the Badgers won the 2007 title by just 10 points after leading most of the 2006-07 sports seasons. Minnesota closed the gap in the final two months to come within 445-435.
Border Battle Results
Review this year's scoring and previous results
2009-10 UW 330, UM 550
2008-09 UW 345, UM 535
2007-08 UW 465, UM 415
2006-07 UW 445, UM 435
2005-06 UW 350, UM 530
2004-05 UW 235, UM 205