This group of girls wasn't born yet the last time a national rodeo championship was won by a Montana State University women's team.

And with two of the three team scorers from this week's College National Finals Rodeo coming back for another year, it's unlikely another quarter-century will pass before the Bobcats do it again.

MSU's women won the CNFR championship on Saturday night in Casper, Wyo., behind an individual title in goat tying by senior Kate Sharon of Dillon.

The program's only national championship was won in 1986 in Bozeman and the last individual title won by a Bobcat woman was in 1992 when Lana Tibbetts won in goat tying.

"It's still sinking in but it was obviously the best way to end my college rodeo career," Sharon said via cellphone. "The team win meant A LOT. I was just thrilled to get (head coach) Mike True the team championship."

The Bobcats totaled 560 points, 130 more than Sam Houston State. Tarleton State was third with 402.5.

"There are so many teams here that are so good," True said. "I knew I had a special team, but a dozen other coaches did, too. The kids performed with ice water in their veins.

"I couldn't be prouder of them."

Junior Robbi Nace placed second in barrel racing. Lexy Rianda, also a junior, finished eighth in goat tying.

True, who coached a few individual champions at his prior stop (Northeast Oklahoma) but had never been a part of a team title, said all season long that his women's team had a shot at winning the crown. On Saturday, his words proved prophetic.

"This is a veteran team," he said. "These kids have all been here and they're winners. If I had to bet the farm on three kids, I'd pick these three. They didn't let anybody down."

The question is, did the Bobcats themselves think they could win it all?

"It was definitely in my mind, but I still couldn't believe it when we won," Sharon said. "It was nice to see it all come together."

Hannah Sharon, who competed as an individual, was seventh in barrel racing.

Weston Zupan was fourth overall in steer wrestling for the MSU men, who finished 22nd with 210 points. Sam Houston won the title.

Ben Ayre placed seventh in tie down roping.

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