CASPER, Wyo. — Three Forks freshman Tayla Moeykens soared to Montana State's first-ever national championship in barrel racing Saturday night to pace the Bobcats to their third women's team crown at the 72nd College National Finals Rodeo at Ford Wyoming Arena.

Moeykens had her best night of the week, fashioning a time of 13.99 in the short go — the fastest time of the week for any barrel racer — to pass three opponents and win by .29 over freshman Jaylie Matthews of East Mississippi State Community College. Moeykens, who earned Women's Rookie of the Year honors, scored 360 points for the event as the Bobcats won their first championship since 2011 and third overall (1986).

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