UCCS receives Steel and Silver trophy from CSU-Pueblo

By Brooke Babcock published July 1, 2008

Colorado Springs - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak received the Steel and Silver trophy from Colorado State University-Pueblo's President Joseph Garcia this afternoon in front of Colorado Springs' busiest street corner.

This was the first presentation of the traveling trophy with the Mountain Lions winning this year's contest 22-9. This series is now three years old and UCCS has won all three years.

"I have the greatest respect for the University," said Garcia "and I have the greatest respect for [Shockley-Zalabak]."

Sixty-three people were in attendance, which included representatives from the Mountain Lions' and Thunderwolves' athletic programs.

"I think it is a great tradition between our communities," said Shockley-Zalabak "and the reality is it stays here, it doesn't go around to other schools. Eighty miles up and down is where it is all happening."

The trophy was created by Joan Aaland and was inspired by the economic history of the two cities. Pueblo was known for being one of the largest steel production centers in the West, while Colorado Springs was known for being a place for the silver miners in the area.

UCCS prevailed in cumulative grade-point average, volleyball, softball, and men's golf. CSU-Pueblo prevailed in women's basketball and men's soccer. The schools were even in men's basketball.

Either one or two points are awarded for each athletic contest between the two school's teams, depending upon the total number of contests played in a particular sport. In addition, five points are awarded to the athletic department that earns the higher cumulative grade-point average.

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