McNeese State University captured three national
individual championships, one team championship and one reserve championship Saturday
night at the 70th
College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Mia Manzanares, of Opelousas, is the
national champion in both breakaway
roping and goat tying as well as the national women’s all-around champion. McNeese
also swept the women’s team championship thanks to Manzanares.
Zach Jongbloed, of Iowa, is the reserve
champion in tie down roping.
Soileau, of Bunkie, placed fifth in steer wrestling, while Colton
Onyett, of Sutter, Calif., placed 10th in bareback riding.
men’s team finished No. 5 in the nation.
McNeese rodeo coach Justin Browning
said he was proud of his student-athletes and their accomplishments throughout
the year and at this year’s championships.
"Mia was a strong contender throughout
this competition and she showed why tonight,” said Browning. "The men also did
well throughout the competition.”
McNeese intercollegiate rodeo began in
1947 and this is the 27th consecutive year that McNeese has sent
students to the national championship finals.